- The House on the Edge of the Park 1980
Another installment by Italian director Ruggero Deodato, this film full of sexual violence and nudity found itself on the Video Nasty list in the U.K. and is still only allowed in a cut form there today. The movie opens with a graphic rape in the back seat of a car, setting the stage for what is to come. Alex, played by David Hess (picked because of his similar role in The Last House on the Left) is a serial killer, he and his friend Ricky work in a garage, where they wind up getting invited to a party at a large villa. It isn’t long before tension builds and manipulative games come into play culminating in a lot of sexual violence and brutality. Tons of nudity throughout the film and Hess’s sexually sadistic character makes it clear why the U.K. wouldn’t allow it in its entirety, and had alternate scenes used in some cases.
Plenty of films get banned for one reason or another, and while sometimes this just delights those who make their homes in the seedy underbelly of cinema and exploitation, some really are probably better left off screen. While some of these titles may carry a message, others just serve as fodder for the random illicit thoughts one may find themselves entertaining on occasion. Personally, I enjoy quite a few of these banned titles, but for those easily offended or outraged, it’s probably best to stay away, especially since in many cases once you see something, you can’t un-see it.