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House on the Edge of the Park

1980 film directed by Ruggero Deodato

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"Do it to me once more, give me more and more".

  • Nov 6, 2009
Alex (David Hess) is a sociopath/mechanic who raped and strangled a young woman on his way home from work one evening.  One night after work, Alex and his co-worker and best friend Ricky (Giovanni Lombardo Radice) are off to go "boogie" when a young couple in a white caddy (Annie Belle and Christian Borromeo) Lisa and Tom need their mechanical know how to fix a problem.  During the repair job, Tom mentions to Alex about a get together they're having.  Intrigued and lusting after Lisa, Alex convinces Ricky to go along with Tom.  The guests are already enjoying themselves when they arrive.  Seeing that Ricky is an easy mark and a fool for laughs, the snobbish host decide to have fun at Ricky's expense. Alex, seeing that they're being played for fools tries to warn Ricky about being put on for amusement.  But after being teased one too many times by the beautiful Lisa, Alex decides to turn the tables on their hosts and liven up the party.

A grim and twisted psychological horror film from Ruggero Deodato.  David Hess evolves his character of Krug from Last House on the Left and puts on a commanding one man show.  He's a very highly underrated actor who has been forever typecast as a unrepentant brutal psychopath.  Annie Belle is simply ravishing as the ice princess Lisa.  Giovanni Lombardo Radice makes his screen debut (under the nom de plume of John Morghen) in his portrayal of the not to bright and touched Ricky.  I really enjoyed this movie and I feel that it's a very underrated film.  The class struggle between the working man persona of Alex who tires of the repressive and intellectual superior Tom revolts along with the Ricky (who represents the sheep like populous) and strikes back violently and brutally against their master.  An intriguing film that is much more than meets the eye.

This film was another victim of censorship and labeled a video nasty by the British censorship board and it wasn't released in the US until 1985.  If you enjoyed Last House on the Left or a big fan of Italian horror, then I implore you to check this one out.  Not for those that are easily offended but a lot better than people give it credit for and a superior film when compared to Last House on the Left.  A big plus if you're a fan of David Hess.  You'll never look at straight razors and disco music the same again.

Hot diggity, give it to me once more!

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November 12, 2009
I dunno if I would rate this five stars but you did an amzing job here with your review of the House. I do love Deodato & I liked this one although I'm a bit more inclined to enjoying the Caust. Even so, you're awesome! Thnks Captain!
November 13, 2009
I really lkied this movie because it's a lot more than some euro exploitation/horror film. check out the DVD with the in depth interview with the star David Hess. Highly recommended. Deodato is a very underrated director.
November 13, 2009
Yeah, Deodato has made some terrific stuff. I might be a bit impartial to his canny flicks but...I'll watch anything the dude has made or will make. Supposedly, he is making another canny flick which was in pre-production last time I googled it. One cna always hope this will one day see the light of day, right?
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review by . December 03, 2009
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Cool Exploitation Flick
   Any true fan of David Hess or Giovanni Lombardo Radice is already cognizant of this exploitation classic & has probably seen it several times. Deodato doesn't make pretty films but he does boast some of the best performances here for this sleazy, psychotic masterpiece. Fans of Last House On The Left or the infamous I Spit On Your Grave will surely rejoice as well. House On The Edge Of The Park is one of the most grim, slimy films you're apt to see in …
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aka La casa sperduta nel parco.

Filmed in Rome, Italy.
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Director: Ruggero Deodato
Genre: Horror, Drama
Release Date: November 6, 1980
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Runtime: 91 minutes
Studio: F. D. Cinematografica
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