1976, 87 min, 35mm
With Brenda Vaccaro, Don Stroud, and Chuck Shamata.
“SO PRIVATE YOU CAN DO ANYTHING YOU WANT…ANYTHING!”
Ivan Reitman gained fame in the late 1970s and 80s for comedy classics like ANIMAL HOUSE, STRIPES, GHOSTBUSTERS, and many others. But before that he produced several horror films in his native Canada, including two that would be distributed in the U.S. by AIP: the 1973 satire CANNIBAL GIRLS (screening here in February) and this decidedly uncomical rape-revenge thriller. Brenda Vaccaro stars as a model whose questionable decision to accompany a sleazy doctor to his country home suggests an inability to look after herself – a notion that’s soon dispelled by the survival skills she summons to fend off an attacking gang of backwoods locals, led by grindhouse axiom Don Stroud. Vaccaro’s tough-as-nails performance and William Fruet’s no-nonsense direction distinguish DEATH WEEKEND as a superior exploitation thriller.