The House at the Edge of the Park (1980)

The House at the Edge of the Park (1980)
aka La casa sperduta nel parco
Article 5871 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 10-25-2020
Directed by Ruggero Deodato
Featuring David Hess, Annie Belle, Christian Borromeo
Country: Italy
What it is: You can figure it out

A sadistic rapist is invited to a party of upper-class people, and begins terrorizing them.

If when combining the title of this movie with the fact that the lead is played by David Hess, you find yourself thinking of a similarly-titled movie from several years earlier, you’re on the right track. If you recognize the director’s name and know what type of movie he’s most famous for, you’ll have an idea of the pleasantness level of the movie. The description of this movie on the movie set on which I found it says it has partial nudity and mild violence; the person who wrote that either did not see the movie or has a very different definition of the terms “mild” and “partial”. Yes, the movie has its supporters, but I’m not one of them; I found it to be a grueling stretch of predictable unpleasantness, neither entertaining nor instructive. Exploitation fans might find some use for this one; me, I’ll be quite happy if I never see it again.


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