Death Weekend (released in the USA under the title The House by the Lake) is a 1976 Canadian horror/thriller film. It stars Brenda Vaccaro and Don Stroud and was one of the first films from Canadian director William Fruet. Diane (Brenda Vaccaro) is a former fashion model who meets a wealthy gentleman named Harry (Chuck Shamata). After a whirlwind romance, she decides to accompany Harry for a weekend getaway at his remote country house by a lake. It soon becomes obvious to them both that they are not made for each other and they start arguing. On their way in Harry's sports car, Diane asks Harry to let her drive the rest of the way. They soon encounter a carload of four drunken thugs, led by Lep (Don Stroud) and get into a fit of road rage where Diane forces the punks off the road, wrecking their car.