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Sweetly Oh Sweetly, Your Going To Die
House on the Edge of the Park (DVD)
Member Name: char2011
House on the Edge of the Park (DVD)
Advantages: blood, gore and violence
The House At The Edge Of The Park comes under the genre of rape revenge. Rape Revenge is a sub-genre of horror that was popular at the time this movie came out in 1980.
David Hess - Alex
Annie Belle - Lisa
Christian Borromeo - Tom
Giovanni Lombardo Radice - Ricky
Marie Claude Joseph - Glenda
Gabriele Di Giulia - Howard
Brigitte Petronio - Cindy
Karoline Mardeck - Susan
Lorraine De Selle - Gloria
-------------Plot & Thoughts------------
Alex rapes a women in the middle of the night on a lonely road where he leaves her in a state what looks like she is dead. Later you see Alex and Ricky his best friend closing up their garage where a group of people come in a beg them to fix the car before they close up. Ricky fixes the car whilst Alex flirts with one of the females in the group. She invites him to their party and then they all set of to the house. Alex goes back to the garage before they drive off and get a knife and instantly I knew he was going to the party to cause trouble.
Once they get to the party there is about 5 people there and it is very quite, calm and everyone was just enjoying themselves. I did sort of sense a feeling that the rich people at the party where just taking taking Alex and Ricky for entertainment and simply just using them for laughs. I think the snobby attitude that the rich people had was pretty annoying and at times I wanted to reach in the screen and slap them.
Alex clicked onto the fact that they where kind of taking them for a ride and then his angry side started to come out.
It was during a game of poker where Alex really just had enough of the rich people's behavoir. Alex was convinced that they where cheating in the game and flipped out his knife and decided to flip the script and take them for a ride instead.
For the rest of the movie you see Alex torture the rich group and have a little disturbed and violent fun of his own.
I thought the movie was a good watch when I first watched it because mainly because of David Hess as Alex. He was angry, mean, cruel and a darn good villain. What I liked about his character is that everything he done I believed he meant it and felt it was real. I really liked Ricky also and it kind of got to me the way he was treated by Alex because he was a sweet character at hear.
I think in terms of it being 'Video Natsy' it did somewhat live up to my expectations for the time it came out but for now it really is not all that nasty. I can see why in 1980 they didn't want this released because it contains some strong themes and plenty of violence. The beatings are brutal with plenty of blood and there are rapes, sexual scenes, full frontal nudity and torture throughout so there was reason back then for it to cause concern since this is not what they where used to.
The plot ends with a little twist because because I am a movie fanatic it was actually something that I saw coming just didn't know how it would pan out. Was a little surprise though nothing to shocking but it definitely makes the plot thicker. Watch and find out :)
----------This really confused me----------
There was a rape scene in the house with one of the girls which I couldn't really tell if she was being raped or she started to enjoy it a little. At first it was clear she was being raped but half way she got on top for a few seconds of screen time so surely if she was being raped as soon as she got chance to get on top she would have ran off. This is one of the scenes that did kind of confuse me but the woman he raped(or not) was a bit of a tease leading up to that point so not sure on that part. All I can say for this part of the film watch and judge for yourself.
----------Theme Song Choice------------
The song they used throughout when something tragic was going to happen was a song called sweetly. The song is very slow and sounds like something you would sing to you child to get them to sleep well that's what I thought at the start of the movie. To me this was a cracking choice of song because it captured the horror essence of the movie so well and gave the song a whole different meaning. Not only that the song is very creepy the way it's sang slow and just screams evil. Loved it and thought it was creepy.
I think the movie is good and has lots of nasty scenes and recommend for those who love violence and gore. It is available to buy uncut from Amazon from £9.99 which is worth it for the uncut version. The cut version is available from 32p on Amazon but I would recommend not getting either and just watching the full movie on YouTube it's easier.
Summary: bloody horror film.