Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Death Weekend (1976) aka The House By The Lake aka Fin de semaine infernale

4.5 / 5 Nov '09
Tagline: It began with a rape. It ended with a massacre!
Directed by: William Fruet
Written by: William Fruet
Actors include: Brenda Vaccaro, Don Stroud, Chuck Shamata
Genre: Exploitation, Thriller, Horror
Length: 87 minutes
Banned: Finland, Sweden
Country: Canada

Sometimes I'm really proud to be Canadian, particularly now that I know one of the great exploitation films comes from my homeland, this one! It's got elements of The Last House on the Left though this film was entirely deadpan and doom filled. It very likely influenced films like Death Proof and Funny Games. This was clearly a low budget film but still it packed one heck of a lot of punch even from the opening car chase. This has a car chase, dangerous boat activity, the trashing of an expensive house, violence galore and evil ugly thugs. A Dentist takes a young model (who is a car enthusiast) back to his house, but on the drive there she drives his sweet car. The only problem is that when a group of thugs want to race, they were beaten...but a girl. Let's just say that these thugs never give up and are entirely irritating and mean to the bone. It's exciting, intense and has tons of everything one could want from an exploitation flick and even surprises. This is a real gem, hopefully more folks find out about this 'un.

Availability:  Not on DVD as far as I'm aware but you can download it here: 
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*as far as I know this is unavailable everywhere, if you are the owner of the copyright and wish this to be removed, I will do so immediately thanks & enjoy!

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