MOVIE REVIEW: House On The Edge Of The Park-1980
Grease monkey Alex (David Hess) and his semi-retarded buddy Ricky (Giovanni Lombardo Radice) are preparing to boogie the night away at the local disco. Before they can leave, a car pulls into the garage. Snooty yuppies Tom (Christian Borromeo) and Lisa (Annie Belle) are having car trouble and they ask Alex and Ricky for help. Alex refuses and it is Ricky who fixes the car. Tom and Lisa informs the dynamic duo that they are on their way to a party. Alex and Ricky decide to invite themselves and they are on their way. Once they arrive at the party, they are greeted by the other guests; Howard(Gabriele Di Giulio), Gloria (Lorainne De Selle), and Glenda(Marie Claude Joseph)-a beautiful, bald sista affectionately referred to by Alex as "Roots" (whaaat). Ricky starts to dance wildy with Gloria while the other guests cheer them on. Alex informs Ricky that the guests are making fun of him but Ricky continues to dance. Alex is led away by Lisa, where she taunts him sexually but then leaves him cold TWICE. Alex returns to the party scene where a game of poker is taking place. He realizes that the players are cheating poor Ricky out of his money. This is the straw that breaks the camel's (No Jay-Z) back for Alex. He pulls out his straight-razor and takes the partygoers hostage. Alex's reign of terror includes slashing, rape, beatings, and psychological torture. A reluctant Ricky obeys with just about every demand his "master" makes. Will the partygoers survive the night of terror or will each of them meet their maker? No more spoilers from me y'all!
Oy vey! Overall you have a pretty good film here. This is listed as a horror flick but I would consider this more of a psychological thriller. The body count is low and there is very little blood. This film is no where near as brutal as others reviewers made it out to be or maybe I'm just jaded. Another great point is there are really no good or bad guys, with the exception of Ricky, I generally didn't feel sorry for any of the characters. David Hess played a highly convincing sociopath..hell I'd be scared if I ever ran into his ass. All the actors were pleasant to look at, including ol Alex himself. Too bad the beautiful bald sista Marie Claude Joseph didn't make any more films. The nudity and sex scenes were a bit much, and believe me, I LOVE seeing some nekkid bodies. The scenes felt out of place and seemed to be used as filler; nudity is awesome if it makes sense. The tension in the film was great, many times I wanted to jump into the screen and just snatch the damn razor away from Alex myself. The house where the majority of the film was shot is gorgeous, straight 80's chic. A killer twist ending wraps this film up very nicely.
*Note to self, do not extend party invitations to a strange mechanic and his doofus pal*
VERDICT: 3 Soul Claps
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