- Directed by Ernesto Gastaldi
- Starring Robert Hoffmann, Mara Maryl, Riccardo Salvino, Walter Maestosi
- Written by Ernesto Gastaldi, Alberto Cardone
The Lonely Violent Beach (1971) -- Rare Italian early 'terror' film directed by Ernesto Gastaldi, the writer of some very decent Giallo entries. This is a very early Italian "terror" film, a kind of thriller subgenre where a group of lower-class ruffians abuse and terrorize middle-class protagonists (i.e. "The Night Train Murders", "Last House on the Beach", "House Near the Edge of the Park"). This was made a good five years before "The Night Train Murders", however, and really even before the American film "Last House on the Left" that many believe inspired this whole subgenre.
It's also a slightly different film. The central couple (Alberto Maestosi, Mara Maryl) are very unhappy with each other and have a "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" dynamic going. The husband is actually a sniveling coward who accuses his wife of enjoying being sexually assaulted by the gang. She in turn though does indeed fall for the gang's handsome, charismatic leader (Robert Hoffman), even after he lets his entire gang rape her. He falls for her too imperiling his own leadership in the gang, and in a way these two end up becoming the real protagonists. The American version of these films are called "rape-revenge" movies, but the "revenge" part is pretty much absent here. The Italian variant has always been more about exposing bourgeois hypocrisies with the "respectable" citizens often being as bad or worse than the creeps. But later Italian films would greatly ratchet up the level of sex and violence.
This movie probably most resembles an earlier British film "The Penthouse" (with "Bird with Crystal Plumage" star Suzie Kendall), which was based on a stage play. It was written and directed by famous giallo writer Ernesto Gastaldi, who adds some pretty original touches that certainly might have influenced the subsequent Italian "terror" films (and amazingly he cast his OWN wife in lead here).
The Lonely Violent Beach DVD is offered as a compact edition. This transfer is manufactured on demand and is presented on premium DVD-R with thermal disc print in a clear plastic wallet. Important: This title has been manufactured from the best-quality video master (rated 8/10) currently available and has not been remastered or restored.