Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Last House on the Beach (1978)

A trio of bank robbers storm the sunny seaside retreat of a nun and her young students as they prepare for exams, torturing them and forcing them into unspeakable acts as they try to allude the police. Wasting no time at all, the Italians quickly capitalized on the success of Wes Craven's THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT, producing equally exploitative titles such as HOUSE ON THE EDGE OF THE PARK, NIGHT TRAIN MURDERS, and 1978's THE LAST HOUSE ON THE BEACH in the years that followed. While director Franco Prosperi does his best to push the cinematic boundaries of sex and violence, the clean cinematography and polished performances in this LAST HOUSE lack the raw, gritty feel of Craven's film. The silly gesturing from both the victims and aggressors during the grueling rape sequences do make it difficult to take some of the scenes seriously. It is Florinda Bolkan and Ray Lovelock who then end up carrying the majority of the film. Imitative as it may be, THE LAST HOUSE ON THE BEACH manages to fall somewhere between THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT and RABID DOGS in terms of style and format.

Rating: 7/10.

If you liked THE LAST HOUSE ON THE BEACH, check out:
HOUSE ON THE EDGE OF THE PARK, NIGHT TRAIN MURDERS, HITCH-HIKE.

2 comments:

  1. I don't think this is something I would like. Thanks for letting me know they exist, but I am gonna pass.

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  2. Honestly, it's not that great- like Carl said.

    Not that it was really great either, but I enjoyed 'Last House on Dead End Street' a bit more than this. It at least has David Hess in it...plus, one of the more ridiculous twist endings ever.

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