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Death Weekend (1976)
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Death Weekend (1976) Also known as "The House By The Lake", the action takes place at a remote hideaway in Ontario. A playboy dentist and his fashion model girlfriend run into a gang of punks. The dentist is murdered, the model is brutally raped but manages to survive which sets the stage for revenge.

Movie Tagline:
It began with a rape. It ended with a massacre!

Also Known As:
The House By The Lake

Title: Death Weekend
Release Date: March 04, 1977
Runtime: 87 mins
Genre: Horror
All Genres: Horror, Thriller
Languages: English
Country: Canada
Colors: Color
Sound: Mono
IMDB Rating: 5.8
Buried.com Rating: 6.8 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With D

MPAA Rating: R

William Fruet

Brenda Vaccaro ...Diane
Don Stroud ...Lep
Chuck Shamata ...Harry
Richard Ayres ...Runt
Kyle Edwards ...Frankie
Don Granberry ...Stanley
Ed McNamara ...Spragg
Michael Kirby ...Ralph
Richard Donat ...Policeman
Denver Mattson ...Smokey
Al Bernardo ...Mr. Doobie
Roselle Stone ...Mrs. Doobie
Elaine yarish ...Campground Girl

Don Carmody
John Dunning
Andre Link
Ivan Reitman

William Fruet

More Movie Taglines:
  • It began with a rape. It ended with a massacre!
  • Their first mistake was raping her. Their second, letting her go.
  • It was Thanksgiving weekend. Diane had nothing to be thankful for... she was just trying to stay alive!
  • Tension so unbearable so overwhelming so uncontrollable you'll want to scream out loud!
Movie Quote(s):
  • Lep: [referring to Diane] You goddamn fucking cunt!
Movie Trivia:
  • Despite being described as an "appalling orgy of destruction" by the 1976 August Bulletin the film was passed relatively intact by the BBFC after a personal visit by Brenda Vaccaro to chief censor James Ferman to plead for a certificate. Some of the female examiners on the board described the film's violence as "acceptable, even justifiable" and the only UK cut made to the movie was the removal of the word "cunt".
  • Writer/director William Fruet actually based the film off of a true story that took place in Canada. The crime that inspired it involved a dentist whose home was invaded by thugs he had angered, just like the plot of the film.
  • William Fruet said the inspiration for the road-attack opening of the movie was based off of an actual event he was involved in. Fruet and a friend were once driving the back roads of Alberta, Canada when they were harassed by a car load of drunken thugs that tried to wreck them. The event inspired Fruet to write Death Weekend.
  • William Fruet actually wrote the film several years earlier, but didn't pursue shooting it at the time because Straw Dogs (1971) had just came out and he feared Death Weekend would be viewed as an imitator of that film.
  • Actress Brenda Vaccaro was apprehensive about taking the role of Diane. She had just been offered a role in a TV series before this film and worried that appearing in a violent movie might ruin her image. She went ahead and took the risk.
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