House on the Edge of the Park (1980)

Sleazy Exploitation flick filmed with a surprising amount of style. David Hess reprises his role as a villainous hoodlum who terrorizes a group of social elitists after he and his buddy are invited to their party for fixing their car. Hess cannot be better suited for the role, and has a natural air of sadism and menace inherent in his acting. The build up to the attacks is perfectly executed in establishing the characters and generating interest in the audience, but once the violence and rape begin, the film becomes tedious and repetitive. It proves to be far better than many of the other Eurotrash entries of the time, but it fails to dethrone Last House on the Left or I Spit On Your Grave in terms of sensationalism or quality. I enjoy it for what it is, so it comes recommended.

Rating: 7/10.

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  1. If the first half hour set the pace for the remainder of the film, it would give Last House and I Spit a run for their money, but there is only so much rape and gratuitous nudity a flick can have before it just gets boring. It could have definitely done more with less, but I still like the film a lot!

  2. This has been one of my favorites for many years. Must re-watch it again. I know alot of folks who also find it a bit boring, but hey, I am a bit fan of my Italian exploitation, so it works well enough for me.