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La casa sperduta nel parco -- Two lowlife punks invite themselves to a party at a posh villa and after being taunted by their snobbish hosts, hold everybody hostage and subject them to various torture and mayhem.
La casa sperduta nel parco -- When Ruggero Deodato, the director of über-controversial CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST, teamed up with David Hess, the notorious -“Krug”- star of Last House on the Left, their maverick talents exploded in the feat of unrelenting sleaze that is HOUSE BY THE EDGE OF THE PARK.

Alex (Hess) is a psychopath and his friend Ricky (Giovanni L Radice) an easily led simpleton. When the unlikely pair are invited to an upscale house party where they are ridiculed by their debauched young hosts, Alex decides that he and his straight edged razor deserve some fun. Together the two streetwise punks take the unprepared partygoers on a journey of violence, debasement and forced sex. And that’s before events turn really nasty…

Deodato’s unwavering gritty direction keeps the tension unbearably tight and the psychological nuances of Hess and Radice’s powerhouse performances deliver uncomfortably challenging scenes so close to the bone that this originally banned Video Nasty remains one of the most contentious pictures in UK censorship history.

Shameless Screen Entertainment will release The House on the Edge of the Park on 31.10.2011


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22 February 1985 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

David Hess ... Alex (as David A. Hess)

Annie Belle ... Lisa

Christian Borromeo ... Tom

Giovanni Lombardo Radice ... Ricky

Marie Claude Joseph ... Glenda
Gabriele Di Giulio ... Howard

Brigitte Petronio ... Cindy
Karoline Mardeck ... Susan

Lorraine De Selle ... Gloria
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Steven Luotto ... Tom (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Edward Mannix ... Dog Walker (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Gregory Snegoff ... Howard (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Susan Spafford ... Lisa (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Pat Starke ... Gloria (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Frank von Kuegelgen ... Ricky (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Directed by
Ruggero Deodato 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Gianfranco Clerici 
Vincenzo Mannino 

Produced by
Franco Di Nunzio .... producer
Franco Palaggi .... producer
Original Music by
Riz Ortolani 
Cinematography by
Sergio D'Offizi 
Film Editing by
Vincenzo Tomassi 
Production Design by
Massimo Antonello Geleng 
Costume Design by
Massimo Antonello Geleng 
Makeup Department
Raul Ranieri .... makeup artist (as Raoul Ranieri)
Nerea Rosmanit .... hair stylist
Production Management
Vito Di Bari .... unit manager
Giovanni Masini .... production manager
Art Department
Rodolfo Ruzza .... props
Sound Department
Bruno Longobardo .... sound mixer
Alfonso Montesanti .... sound engineer
Camera and Electrical Department
Paolo Cavicchioli .... still photographer (as Paolo Maria Cavicchioli)
Stefano D'Offizi .... chief electrician
Enrico Lucidi .... camera operator
Enrico Maggi .... assistant camera
Sergio Profili .... key grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lucia Costantini .... wardrober
Editorial Department
Rita Antonelli .... assistant editor
Luciano Vittori .... color consultant
Music Department
Riz Ortolani .... conductor
Charlie Cannon .... singer (uncredited)
Diana Corsini .... singer (uncredited)
Rosamarie D'Andrea .... singer (uncredited)
Patrizia Neri .... singer (uncredited)
Other crew
Claudia Florio .... continuity
Armando Pace .... cutting room assistant
Ferruccio Amendola .... voice dubbing: David Hess (uncredited)
Vittoria Febbi .... voice dubbing: Annie Belle (uncredited)
Massimo Giuliani .... voice dubbing: Christian Borromeo (uncredited)
Anna Rita Pasanisi .... voice dubbing: Karoline Mardek (uncredited)
Isabella Pasanisi .... voice dubbing: Brigitte Petronio (uncredited)
Piero Tiberi .... voice dubbing: Gabriele Di Giulio (uncredited)
Massimo Turci .... voice dubbing: Giovanni Lombardo Radice (uncredited)
Serena Verdirosi .... voice dubbing: Lorraine De Selle (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"House on the Edge of the Park" - USA
"The House on the Edge of the Park" - International (English title)
"Το σπίτι στην άκρη του πάρκου" - Greece
"Дом на краю парка" - Soviet Union (Russian title)
"A Armadilha" - Portugal (imdb display title)
"Der Schlitzer" - West Germany
"Dom na skraju parku" - Poland (imdb display title)
"Ház a park szélén" - Hungary (imdb display title)
"La maison au fond du parc" - France
"Talo puiston laidalla" - Finland
"Talo puiston perällä" - Finland
"The House at the Edge of the Park" - Belgium (English title) (video box title)
"The House on the Edge of the Park" - Norway (imdb display title)
"To spiti stin akri tou parkou" - Greece (video title)
"Trampa para un violador" - Spain (imdb display title)
"Violencia mortal" - Mexico (imdb display title)
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91 min | UK:79 min (heavily cut)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:R18+ | Canada:(Banned) (Ontario) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 (2007) | Finland:(Banned) (1986) | Hong Kong:III | Italy:VM18 | New Zealand:(Banned) (2013) | Norway:(Banned) (video rating) | Norway:18 (uncut) (2007) | Singapore:(Banned) | Sweden:15 (uncut) | UK:18 (video rating) (cut) (2011) | UK:18 (video rating) (heavily cut) (2002) | UK:(Banned) (1984-2002) | UK:Rejected (original rating) (1981) | USA:Unrated | West Germany:18 (nf) (cut)

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Shot in four weeks.See more »
[first lines]
Alex:Helooooo lady!
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23 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
"Be careful, Ricky...they're taking you for a ride.", 21 January 2003
Author: Jonny_Numb from Hellfudge, Pennsylvania

And what a ride it is. "The House on the Edge of the Park" is yet another variation (I'll avoid the term 'rip-off') of "Last House on the Left," which succeeds because of David Hess's outstanding portrayal of a razor-wielding psycho. Unlike "Last House," which made generational conflict its primary theme, HotEotP is an unashamed exploitation picture that director Ruggero Deodato uses to embellish the excesses of the genre, and there's no better an actor than Hess to carry out such activities.

Hess plays Alex, a NY mechanic who, before the opening credits begin to roll, rapes and strangles an anonymous female (although it's not made clear whether the girl is actually dead). Cut to him and his friend Ricky (Giovanni Lombardo Radice), who have plans to go "boogie-ing" when they're accosted by a rich young couple with car trouble. Ricky fixes the problem (a torn alternator wire), and Alex persuades the couple to invite them to a little 'get-together' at an appropriately-secluded villa. Before long, Alex and Ricky are engaging in some rather heavy petting, and things turn violent.

That's the basic plot setup. At times, the movie moves from scene to scene as if being improvised on the spot, which either intesifies the action or slows it down. That the house (as a setting) is rather small limits the amount of action that can go on inside it. Yet Ruggero Deodato knows how to manipulate his audience--his use of violence and sex to advance the film along works in all the right ways, and keeps your attention. And the sex, violence, and depraved behavior here is pretty extreme, to say the least (the film boasts only one murder, but is far more vicious than LHotL, in my opinion).

Also elevating the film a few levels is a surprisingly name cast of genre actors, including Christian Borromeo ("Tenebrae"), Radice ("The Gates of Hell"), and Lorraine De Selle ("Cannibal Ferox"). These familiar actors add a unique gloss to the sleaziness of "House on the Edge of the Park."


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