|Death Weekend (1976)|
|Starring:||Brenda Vaccaro, Don Stroud and Chuck Shamata|
|The Plot: Our film begins with a playboy oral surgeon named Harry (Chuck Shamata) driving down the back roads of a small country area. His partner for this ride is the young and beautiful model Diane (Brenda Vaccaro), who shares his love for all things automotive. After he allows the young woman to take the wheel of his sports car, they really start to pick up some speed. As they rev the engine, another muscle car comes driving along their side. The car is filled with four punks who hang out their window and make lude gestures while trying to antagonize these would-be lovers. When the couple manage to out maneuver the punks, this gang looks to exact revenge in the most heinous way possible. This motley crew eventually finds where this dentist lives and they capture our two protagonists with the intent of torturing them the entire weekend. However, the tables are easily turned in situations such as this one and hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.|
The film offers zero redeeming qualities for the main villains, which is actually surprising for this sort of movie, because more often than not there is at least one member of a would-be group of psychopaths who has some sort of moral conundrum with the entire ordeal. Instead, here we are only given four madmen who offer little safety for our female lead. As the movie progresses, these characters seem to grow more and more outrageous. The ultimate turning point comes in a very well shot segment that shows the group completely destroying the mansion that our story plays out in. As they destroy the one thing that Harry loves, his possessions, the film enters into its homicidal phase. This is of course followed by the rape and murder sequences that movies like this are ultimately made for. This of course leads to an excessive amount of violence, and although this movie doesn’t push the envelope too far there is a certain amount of blood and gore to be handed out. There’s no “bathtub” scene, as there was in I Spit on Your Grave, but do look for the very nasty throat slice that comes about early in the final half.