5/5/11

The Last House on the Beach (1978)

The Last House on the Beach
With such a similar name, this Italian thriller is obviously trying to capitalize on the success and notoriety of Wes Craven's The Last House on the Left.  The story is similar, as well.  It's Italian though, so the nudity is ratcheted up a few notches although the violence is about the same.  What this film does have that Wes Craven's doesn't is Florinda Bolkan, and although she is a bit past her prime by this point, she's still very easy on the eyes...  and an outstanding actress.

The Last House on the Beach is your basic "bad guys hold pretty young girls hostage and terrorize them for a couple of days" story.  Three bank robbers on the run from their latest heist have car trouble and need a place to crash and hide from the police.  They come upon an isolated girls school taught by a nun named Sister Cristina (Florinda Bolkan) and make themselves at home.

One of the bad guys discovers the housekeeper and bitch-slaps her until she falls to the ground and then bashes in her head with an iron.  And then the raping begins.  No, not of the dead housekeeper - but Sister Cristina and the virginal girls are violated one by one.  Over several days the depravity escalates until the good nun can take no more.  She sets aside her monastic vows and picks up a gun.

"It rubs the lotion on its skin."
These types of movies always get to me and I find myself at odds with myself.   Throughout the film I would catch myself thinking, "I want to see the boobies but not like this, not like this!"

These hostage/rape films just make me squirm and this film is a decent example of this type.  However The Last House on the Beach lacks the emotional impact of The Last House on the Left.  It does have a cinematic style typical of the Italian films of this era that I appreciate and, as I mentioned before, it also has Florinda Bolkan.  So, if you are a fan of her work or of these types of depraved films, The Last House on the Beach is worth watching.  If you just want to see the best example of this type of film, watch Wes Craven's original The Last House on the Left.

Violence Rating/Index:  3.5 out of 5
Booby Rating/Index:  3.5 out of 5  - See the nude scenes.

The trailer is NSFW because of some brief Florinda Bolkan boobage.  It's also in Italian.

21 comments:

Zombie said...

Looks creepy! :D

Kicking Rocks said...

that guys face creeped me the fuck out!!!!!

Astronomy Pirate said...

A boobed up Last House on the Left? Might be worth a watch, not sure about the depravity though.

Alphabeta said...

Looks pretty twisted.

AllenTesch said...

Looks like something I wouldn't mind seeing.

**Hype.Planet** said...

Saw this one

ed said...

mm nudity and violence

D4 said...

But we LIKE brief boobage.

The Angry Lurker said...

Liked the original but don't know about this one.

Dave said...

Have not seen this movie. but Ill look it up.

zepdragon said...

Lol, when I read the title thought it was "The Last House on the Left"

Colin Biano said...

judging by the trailer this movie has a topnotch soundtrack.. lol

Chip said...

quite amusing :)

Bonjour Tristesse said...

Great review.

BTW, the original title of this is "The Seventh Woman" they changed it to capitalize on the success of Last House on the Left

Rob said...

I think this one was pretty good!

BTN Hip Hop said...

would have expected this to hit 5 on the boobys

G said...

might give this a watch while the GF is away

Trey said...

There's a lot of "Last House.." titles isn't there? I feel like they should have done more mashups with that:

"Last House on Haunted Hill"
"Last House that Dripped Blood"
"Last International House of Pancakes"

hoaks2 said...

Lol, her face in that last picture.

JayPower said...

This looks like a sweet movie, will check it out ;D

Dootzkie said...

Creepy as fuck... And WTF am i looking at now as I comment! The LAMB HAMMER!?

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