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The Last House on the Beach
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Unfortunately, the poor dubbing used for most of the characters voices, especially the villains, only served to magnify the movie's weaknesses, and Severin dropped the ball on us here, although they usually come through for their fanbase on most of their releases. I must single out one of the villain's wretched overacting so much so that I almost shut the flick off more than once, but my high tolerance for Eurotrash coupled with my hopes for a decent finale made me stick it out - not necessarily a good decision in this case.
There were several times that it picked up pace and headed into territory that looked promising, but immediately petered out and flat lined again. Not even a defibrillator could restore its pulse. It lacked everywhere and needed more of everything (remember, we're referring to a slice of Exploitation here that's got a boatload of hype behind its sails) - more ultra-violence, more brutality, more nudity, more tension and suspense.
All in all, it was disappointing, but it wasn't horrible, for fans it's worthy of a rental, but not a cornerstone in a collection by any means. After viewing, it's my last time for 'Last House'...
The rape-revenge grindhouse template was pretty firmly established by 1978, when LAST HOUSE ON THE BEACH was release. That same year saw one of the subgenre’s definitive examples, “Day of the Woman” (aka “I Spit on Your Grave”). Both BEACH and DAY post-dated by several years the Wes Craven classic “Last House on the Left”, whose title BEACH is most obviously wearing coattails upon which it rides with pride. “Left” hit theaters in ’72 and can be fairly declared the seminal rape-revenge film. The template lent itself to variant usages of the same general skeleton plot. Sometimes the rape-revenge pic was a rape/murder (murder of the rape victim, that is)-revenge pic, as with “Left”. Or just a rape-revenge flick like “Day/Spit”. It goes without saying the revenge includes murder, but murder against the tormenters. Hence, the revenge. BEACH offers both. The group of women on holiday, accompanied by a nun – yes, this one even squeezes in some nunsploitation – have different fates. Some survive, but not all. The nun component is exploited both via sexual humiliation of the character and her ironically being the initiator of the vengeance (you just knew that was going to happen). There is a scene in which she removes her cross before taking … extreme measures to resolve the hideous hostage situation. It reminds me much of the classic trope of the cop who puts his badge away because tonight … he’s not a cop. Can’t you just see Danny Glover shoving his badge in his desk drawer? At any rate, while LAST HOUSE ON THE BEACH is a slow build, it possesses bursts of incredible stylishness, moments of fiendishness and an animalistic denouement. It’s a worthy member of the vintage grindhouse rape-revenge subgenre.
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Ok Ok, I'm a big fan of euro sleave movies and I bought and watched it last night. I read the reviews and thought it would be something a bit more on the violent side with lots of... Read morePublished on November 23, 2008 by Jeffrey M. Meyer
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