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  • Actors: David Hess, Annie Belle, Christian Borromeo, Giovanni Lombardo Radice, Marie Claude Joseph
  • Directors: Ruggero Deodato
  • Writers: Gianfranco Clerici, Vincenzo Mannino
  • Producers: Franco Di Nunzio, Franco Palaggi
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dubbed, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Shriek Show
  • DVD Release Date: December 17, 2002
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006IUK2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,720 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The House on the Edge of the Park" on IMDb

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After Helping A Rich Couple With Their Car, Alex & His Slightlyretarded Sidekick Ricky Invite Themselves To A Party. People Atthe Party Seem Bored & Looking For Kicks, Unaware Of The Twomadmen In Their Midst. When The Tension Is Broken, The Filmdescends Into Unrelenting Moments Of Rape, Mutilation & Murder.

Customer Reviews

You must watch this movie buzzed get get a feel for it.
ken
In most respects, this isn't a mainstream film, since it's sleazy feel often makes it hard to sit through.
David Nock
True, it is not up to par with last house on the left, but nevertheless, it is a pretty good flick.
Jackson

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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By David Nock on November 3, 2002
Format: DVD
Like the similar 'Last House on the Left', you're either going to love this film, or hate it with a passion - there's no down the middle. Director Ruggero Deodato takes rape, suffering and violence to near-unbearable extremes, almost trying to out-do the terrors we witnessed in 'Cannibal Holocaust'.
This is only going to appeal to a certain crowd, and that crowd involves any serious horror fans, as well as fans of cult exploitation. Often, 'House on the Edge of the Park' is grim, unsettling and horridly disturbing. All in all, it actually does it's job as a horror film - it shocks, chills and disturbs in equal measure, with enough blood-letting to keep many gore fans happy.
The story follows the psychotic rapist Alex (an outstanding performance by David Hess, no matter how the film pans out), who takes his mentally-challenged friend Ricky (John Morghen) to a posh party. After being mistreated by the upper-class yuppies, Alex eventually reaches boiling point, and the party results in a tense and terrifying hostage situation, in which anyone can drop.
'House on the Edge of the Park' is an interesting and sometimes brilliant work, which has the disadvantage of not being everyones cup of tea. The violence is extreme, and uncomfortable to watch. In most respects, this isn't a mainstream film, since it's sleazy feel often makes it hard to sit through.
At the end of the day, this film does have it's flaws, but it doesn't stop it from being a classic of the genre. It's essentially a rip-off of 'Last House on the Left', but if you liked Craven's film, you'll know doubt like this too.
At least give it a try, since there are worse films out there...
Regards,
D.J. Nock
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Leach HALL OF FAME on August 29, 2005
Format: DVD
"The House at the Edge of the Park" comes to us from the twisted mind of Ruggero Deodato. If you're not familiar with his work (and if you're not, what are you doing reading this review?), he's the man responsible for some of the most horrific exploitation films in the history of horror cinema. Deodato lensed the downright nauseating "Cannibal Holocaust," a movie so repulsive in its depictions of human and animal death that only the most jaded viewers need sit down with it for a watch. "Holocaust" tried to cash in on the whole Italian "cannibals run amok" genre of the 1970s and early 1980s, and ended up defining it. Another jewel in Deodato's crown of stomach churning madness is 1985's "The House on the Edge of the Park." Fortunately, no cannibals go on a rampage in this picture, at least not of the type that live in the jungle in a remote corner of the globe. Instead, Deodato gives us a nihilistic revenge film that would make even Charles Bronson or Clint Eastwood blanche in horror. Yep, forget about the Death Wish films and Dirty Harry; what we've got here goes far beyond the borders established by those "tepid" thrillers.

Deodato's film establishes its credentials right from the start, as we see Alex (David Hess) run a young woman off the road and then proceed to have his way with her. For good measure, he then bumps her off. Obviously, "The House on the Edge of the Park" is not going to be a nice film. Flash forward some time to a couple of rich types, Lisa (Annie Belle) and Tom (Christian Borromeo), driving through New York City on their way to a party. Car trouble leads Tom to a local garage where--surprise--Alex works with his simpleminded pal Ricky (John Morghen).
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By John Lindsey VINE VOICE on April 27, 2005
Format: DVD
A couple of trouble making rapists Alex and Ricky( David Hess from "Last House on The Left" and John Morghen from "Cannibal Ferox") who are invited to a rich person's party until they decide to make their own cruel and twisted kind of fun such as murder and rape.

A harsh and unsettling Italian horror thriller from director Ruggero Deodato ( known for the infamous immoral "Cannibal Holocaust") has definitely know how to shock his audience. The acting isn't all that great but the music is good with a funky disco song, some gory violence with torture, nudity, and sleaze abound, this is definitely a interesting yet chilling film.

The DVD here from Shreik Show is fully Uncut and has a great transfer along in it's original widescreen presentation, it does have a easter egg in the extras and the extras include three interviews, trailers including to this movie and a still gallery.

Also recommended: "Last House on The Left", " Blue Velvet", "Maniac ( 1980)", " Caligula", " A Clockwork Orange", " House of 1000 Corpses", " The Texas Chainsaw Massacre movies including the 2003 remake", " Wrong Turn", " Cannibal Holocaust", "Cannibal Ferox", " Macabre", " Tenebre", " Phenomena", " The Toxic Avenger", " Re-Animator", " Ichi The Killer", " Visitor-Q", " The Driller Killer", " Audition", " Perfect Blue", and " Se7en".
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Stanley Runk VINE VOICE on April 4, 2003
Format: DVD
You might want to soak yourself in the tub for a good hour or so after watching this. This film isn't as graphic as I was expecting, but it's graphic enough to get under your skin. You cannot find a better actor to portray this leading character than David Hess. Talk about the sleaziest and creepiest looking actor on the planet! It's no wonder he can't escape these kinds of roles. Almost every film you see him in, he's beating or terrorizing some woman(even in Wes Craven's Swamp Thing, where even though it's rated PG, he still can't escape being the same character!). This film is kinda long winded and slow moving, but it never loses you. There are numerous near-rapes in the film; So many in fact, that you almost become desensitized to them and lose track in your mind of who's been raped and who hasn't, who came close and so on. Hess and Radice plan on going out "boogeying", but end up invited to a get together that quickly turns into the ultimate power trip for Hess. This film could have been a pretty terrifying psychological study on sociopathic behavior and the terror of a hostage situation, but the film is so sleazy and juvenile with the subject matter that you can't accept it as anything but pure exploitation. The extremely long and tedious interview with David Hess is interesting. He's certainly a charcter in real life. A bit of an ego, but he'd be fun to hang out with. Giovanni Radice? Quite a different man that what you'd expect. Very intelligent, sophisticated, funny, flamboyant, and all around pleasant guy. So, I'd say rent it before you purchase(don't follow in my footsteps). And here's a first for me: This is the only film I know of where the trailer is more entertaining than the film itself!
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