Wednesday, October 12, 2011
The House At The Edge Of The Park
Plot Synopsis: 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.
David Hess, the quintessential sleaze bag from the late 70's and early 80's passed away a few days ago. You would not know this by checking IMDB though. No, the new about Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore has taken most of that page. SO I figured I would review a David Hess film. Everyone is familiar with Last House on the Left, So I opted for this.
House at the Edge of the Park is a pretty notorious film. It was banned over in the UK to many year, and finally released but in a cut form. Uncut its pretty hard stuff. Too a point, but I'm getting ahead of myself. House starts off with a young lady driving down the road. Hess pulls up next to her, and cuts her off. He enters her car, like most women from the 80's she was to stupid to lock her doors. So he throws her in the back seat and rapes her. Full frontal nudity is shown. When hes done he kills her, and takes her necklace.
We then find Hess at the garage he works getting all dressed up to go to a club to go Boogying. Yes Boogying. If you don't get that reference, basically means dancing. He obviously thinks the audience is deaf as he notifies us of this about 9 times. He's getting ready to leave with his buddy Ricky when a young rich couple pull in and say there car is acting up. Ricky fixes it, and they in turn ask him and Hess if they want to come to a party with them. Hess says yes and put on his Boogying vest, and then grabs a straight razor.
They go back to the party, where you soon figure out it's almost like a dog party. See these people are basically just trying to make fools out of Hess and Ricky. They get Ricky to strip disco dance while he drinks, while one of the women asks Hess upstairs, takes off all her cloths, and yes once again full frontal nudity, and asks him to shower with her. Before he can she pushes him away., So now Hess is pissed, and when he goes down stairs he sees Ricky playing cards, and soon figures out the rich guys are cheating. He finnally flips out beats the shit out of one of the guys, throws him thru a window, beats him down some more then throws him in a pool and pisses on him.
Now our boy Hess is on a roll. He beats another guy down and cuts up his face. Fondles one of the girls, then chases another one upstairs and rapes her. Now here is where it gets weird. The neighbor shows up, and Hess grabs her to rape her. This guy sure can recover sexually fast. He should have ben doing porn instead of working in a garage. While hes doing this one of the girls runs off, and Ricky chases, and catches her. Then for no reason what so ever he tells her he wont hurt her, and throws the bottle he's holding away. Shes so grateful she has sex with him. So these two love birds go back in the house and find Hess slashing the shit out of the neighbor that showed up. Ricky starts telling Hess to take it easy. Gee he's about 50 minutes late with that one.
So now that Hess and Ricky are fighting with each other, our main rich guy goes upstairs, grabs a gun and shoot Hess. He then takes the necklace Hess is wearing, it's the one he took from the girl he killed in the beginning, and tells him that was his sister that Hess murdered. He then goes inside and calls the cops. Turns out this was all part of the plan to kill Hess.
Ok, that's just stupid. If that's your plan, why weren't you packing the gun? Why didn't you just shoot the guy in the gas station, Why would you and your friends be unarmed during the whole party? How did they know Hess and his buddy would come with them? And even more so what kind of sissy were these guys? I forgot to mention, Hess wasn't keeping the, at bay with a gun during this whole ordeal, he had a fricking straight razor. That's it. 7 people are terrified because 1 guy has a razor. They could have all just charged him. He is not that intimidating. Granted he's creepy looking as hell in this film, but in all honesty he looks like a fat Juan Epstein from Welcome Back Kotter. Plus he keeps saying "Boogying"
Stupid ending, and plot twist aside the film is sleazy, and rough as hell. It's a good film. The dialog is dated as all hell, but if you can make it past that you should enjoy it. I would recommend it.
Overall 3 out of 5 Stars.