The Last House on the Beach

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The Last House on the Beach
Directed by Franco Prosperi
Produced by Pino Buricchi[1]
Screenplay by
  • Romano Migliorini
  • Gianbattista Mussetto[1]
Story by Ettore Sanzò[1]
Music by Roberto Pregadio[1]
Cinematography Cristiano Pogány[1]
Edited by Francesco Malvestito[1]
Magirus Film[1]
Distributed by Magirus
Release date
  • April 20, 1978 (1978-04-20) (Italy)
Running time
85 minutes[1]
Country Italy[1]
Box office ₤25.4 million

The Last House on the Beach (Italian: La settima donna, also known as Terror and The Seventh Woman) is a 1978 Italian rape and revenge-thriller film directed by Franco Prosperi.

The American title refers to Wes Craven's The Last House on the Left, and Alexandra Heller-Nicholas stated how "combining the nunsploitation subgenre with rape-revenge, the film deviates plot-wise from The Last House on the Left substantially, but arrives at a similar ethical conclusion".[2]

It was argued that the final scene of the movie inspired the final scene in Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof.[3][4][5]



The Last House on the Beach was Franco Prosperi's second film as a director he made for producer Pino Burichhi.[1]


The Last House on the Beach was distributed in Italy by Magirus and released on April 20, 1978.[1] Roberto Curti, author of Italian Crime Filmography 1968-1980 described the film as "performing very poorly in the Italian box office".[1] It grossed a total of 25.4 million Italian lira on its theatrical release.[1]


Roberto Curti stated that the film was one of the sleaziest sexploitation films.[1] Curti noted that the plot progression was minimal, and what was left was "a succession of grim, misogynist and exploitative scenes: adolescent nudes, slow motion sodimizations, vicious wounds, assorted killings."[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Curti 2013, p. 254.
  2. ^ Alexandra Heller-Nicholas. Rape-Revenge Films: A Critical Study. McFarland, 2011. ISBN 0-7864-4961-6. 
  3. ^ David Annandale (November 1, 2008). "Death-Proofing the Last House on the Beach". Upcoming Discs. Retrieved 26 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "The Last House on the Beach - Review". Retrieved 26 December 2011. 
  5. ^ Gianluca Macrì (December 2, 2007). "Ray Lovelock: "It's easy when you're Big In Japan"" (in Italian). Retrieved 26 December 2011. 


  • Curti, Roberto (2013). Italian Crime Filmography, 1968-1980. McFarland. ISBN 0786469765. 

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