An Easter Egg leads to a set of trivia questions that, when answered correctly, lead to a musical performance by Hess' son Jessie. Inside, Alex cuts Cindy's blouse off with the razor while singing. Before they can leave, a Cadillac pulls in with a young, well-dressed couple, Tom and his girlfriend Lisa, asking for help with their car. The seventy-fifth entry into this unbroken backlog is Ruggero Deodato's depraved Italian cousin to Wes Craven's Last House On the Left '72 , House On the Edge of the Park.
No matter what, do not him. Featuring a nice if not somewhat soft anamorphic transfer and a clear mono track, the film looks and sounds fine; special features are more sparse and are limited to an interview with Deodato and a trailer. House On the Edge of the Park is available now on a double feature Blu-ray from Kino Lorber. Visible Cue Blip Report Card:.
These struggles are buried deep within the morass that is House on the Edge of the Park, however. For the most part, however, this just feels like Deodato ahem cannibalizing a movie and spitting the scraps back out. Other familiar faces abound here as well, such as the fiercely sexy Annie Belle, whose character seemingly enjoys being degraded, adding one more layer of grime and sleaze. When I met David Hess, I thought that with my direction I could make him do anything.
Hess characters, but, despite similarities, this film stands up fairly well on its own, in my opinion. Gloria responds to his simple nature by taking off her clothes and seducing him. Barring a full restoration of the original negative, which isn't likely to come anytime soon, this may be the best the film will look. In Italy, Alan Young Pictures has issued an English friendly version with additional Italian 5. Ricky holds the others at bay with a wine bottle while Alex sexually assaults both Gloria and Glenda.
The film might have been better off ending before that scene, but it does not take away from the overall viewing experience of the film. The interview with David Hess and his family is interesting, although neither Hess nor his wife want to talk about their scene together early in the movie. Alex and Ricky proceed to beat on their hosts-turned-hostages with Alex slashing Tom's face with the razor and beating his face into the poker table. Radice in English contributes a humorous interview as usual including some humorous remarks about the homoerotic subtext of Alex and Ricky's relationship. He didn't care that he'd have to take off his clothes and engage in unsimulated sex. To make up for the inconvenience, Tom and Lisa invite the odd pair back to their swanky house for a party.
Of course, Hess has control over Morghen's simple-minded fool, warning him that the upper crust guests at this soiree are simply laughing at his dance moves, and that none of the women here would ever sleep with a couple of low rent grease monkeys. With the assistance of a colleague and a retired policeman, Dobbs tries to piece together just who is the spy and who in fact assassinated Fennan. But this film was full of violence, and that made me uncomfortable. Ricky, still holding the broken wine bottle, runs outside after Gloria and catches her, showing Gloria that he means her no harm by tossing aside the wine bottle. Director: Actors: Genres: Country: Release Year: Duration: Synopsis: Two low-life punks invite themselves to a party at a posh villa and after being taunted by their snobbish hosts, hold everyone hostage and subject them to various forms of torture and mayhem. Some time later, Alex and his friend Ricky are closing up the underground garage where they both work, planning to go to a local disco.
Laughing, Alex urinates on Howard and drags him back inside, tying him to a piano leg and proclaiming that he is running the party now. Alex throws Howard outside the back door, beats him viciously, and throws him into the pool. As Alex grows more frustrated, he sees that the hosts are cheating at poker with Ricky. On the downside, there is some unattractive edge enhancement present at a different but very noticeable degree on the Shriek Show transfer as well and the result is only marginally better. After so much mindless bludgeoning, this just feels like a tacked on attempt to get heady at the last minute; in reality, this is mostly shallow, though you can occasionally see it dipping its toes into some class struggles Alex and Ricky are working class, their victims are bourgeois scum. Craven invited Hess back to the States to appear as one of Anton Arcane's Louis Jourdan paramilitary thugs in his big screen Swamp Thing '82 adaptation, but before the songsmith-turned-thug headed home, he delivered what may be his most terrifying turn in Ruggero Deodato's House On the Edge of the Park '80.
This is by no means a high quality transfer but due to its Grindhouse roots, it more than suffices for fans of the genre. Most scenes have a certain blurriness, with grain seemingly added on top. One thing I would like to say is that it is true that some of the things going on here can be viewed as romantic if you view it in a very unconventional way. He comes under attack by the Titans and is cornered. Tom says that despite some mistakes, that it worked out for the best, and then picks up the phone to call the police.