Death Weekend aka The House by the Lake (1976)

directed by william fruet
cinépix film properties

One of them ol’ rape-revenge flicks, this Canadian turkey produced by Ivan Reitman boasts a rape scene that I wasn’t even convinced had happened, so effectively was it portrayed. Almost every character in this exercise in pointlessness is extremely annoying, ranging from the drunken hicks through the egocentric urbanite to the loutish, subnormal thugs. Seemingly random events meander on and on until the interminable harassment scene begins, and it’s all formulaic. The justifiable homicides, once they eventually start, more or less come out of nowhere, which is a nice touch, and some are fairly creative as well. Overall, however, if you actually for some reason watch this garbage, you’ll wonder why they bothered making it. Or if they knew.

why did i watch this movie?

That’s a good question, actually. Why DID I watch this movie? The description I read was wildly inaccurate, for one thing.

should you watch this movie?

I cannot imagine why you would want to do that.

highlight and low point

As mentioned, a few of the killings perpetrated by the heroine are kind of amusing, as is the initial establishment of her as an amply capable modern woman – especially for a MODEL, you dig. These few positives are overwhelmed by the disgraceful portrayals of the rubes and by the insufferable depictions of most of the baddies, whose incessant moronic laughter is truly grating.

rating from outer space: D

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