House on the Edge of the Park (1980)

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David Hess … star of “Last House on the Left” is loose again … DON’T GO IN THE PARK!

Directed by Ruggero Deodato.

Written by Gianfranco Clerici and Vincenzo Mannino.

AKA

Der Schlitzer (the Slasher)

Violencia mortal (deadly violence)

The House on the Edge of the Park

Alex (David Hess) swerves in front of Susan (Karoline Mardeck) forcing her to pull over and rapes and strangles her in her car.

Alex and his friend Ricky (Giovanni Lombardo Radice) are off out ‘boogying’ when a posh couple, Tom (Christian Borromeo) and Lisa (Annie Belle), show up at the garage where they work. Tom says their car is making noises. Ricky offers to take a look and manages to fix it. Alex and Ricky tag along with Tom and Lisa who are going to a small get-together at their friend’s cottage.

At the party the well-off crowd make sport of slow-witted Ricky which annoys Alex. Away from the others, Alex finds himself being led on by Lisa. Ricky meanwhile is involved in a poker game with the others.

Alex returns to the party and a fight breaks out over the poker game. Alex easily overcomes both Tom and his friend Howard (Gabriele Di Giulio).

With Alex and his straight razor in charge things get very nasty as he and Ricky terrorise the others.

I love the song Sweetly at the beginning, during and at the end of this film performed by Diana Corsini. It reminds me a little of the use of the song Now You’re All Alone by David Hess in The Last House on the Left (1972); nice song, appalling violence.

I think David Hess is on top form and if you enjoyed him as Krug Stillo in The Last House on the Left (1972), one of my favourite films and characters, then I’m pretty sure you’ll love this too. I suppose it has to be said that it isn’t quite as good as The Last House on the Left as most people will probably feel that way, especially if they already love The Last House on the Left when they first see this. That said, House on the Edge of the Park is a classic in its own right. I love it.

There’s a fair bit of unpleasantness and violence including sexual violence and it has to be seen uncut to be fully appreciated. There’s also a fair bit of nudity if that offends anyone. When a girl called Cindy (Brigitte Petronio) shows up at the house it starts getting pretty depraved; you have been warned.

“You ain’t seen nothing yet.”

Alex

You may flinch, you may look away, you may even switch it off before the end, but you’ll never forget the party at the House on the Edge of the Park. That’s my opinion anyway.

Also stars Marie Claude Joseph as Glenda and Lorraine De Selle as Gloria.

In my next review I’m going to be looking at The Torturer (2005) directed by Lamberto Bava, a new-ish film I only discovered recently. Till then…

Other films fans of House on the Edge of the Park may like:

The Last House on the Left (1972)

Don’t Ride on Late Night Trains (1975)

I Spit on Your Grave (1978)

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