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The Last House on the Left (1972)

Horror movie directed by Wes Craven

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[3.5]--A hidden Horror and I seriously mean Hidden.

  • Oct 28, 2007
I've heard a lot about this movie through my friendly pack and have the Nightmare on Elm Street collection on DVD which Wes talks about this movie, how it was one of his first and a great learning experience. After I watched this film I`ve notice not only is this film categorize in the wrong genre but the disc jacket doesn't even fit the films profile. So tell me where in the world was that house in the story and why did they have to place a ghost on the corner of the picture.

I can see how creepy and disturbing this film is but Wes didn't have to go there and mislead the viewers like that.....that ain't right. Anyway, here we have Marri (Sandra Cassel) who is a 17 year girl who sets out with her friend Lucy (Phyllis Stone) for a rock concert. They decide to attempt to find a little "grass" before the concert and are tricked into accompanying a young man (Marc Sheffler) who promises good "Columbian", but instead leads them to the hideout of three fugitives. The girls are abducted at knife point and taken out into the woods where they graphically humiliated, tortured, and murdered. As a poor attempt by Craven at irony, these acts occur near Mari's home where her parents are frantic about their missing daughter.

This film was not a "masterpiece of horror," but it was a simple little exploitation film. The performances featured here was sort of gritty, realistic, and natural (mainly by the two girls). Craven's documentary style lent to this work a specific realism which made it seem more like you were there watching it, or watching it on the news, rather than subscribing to the Mantra. One thing I have to question is the parent because at first they appear as your typical over protective conservative parents. Then they turn into horny love birds. Their daughter is missing, but didn't seem to care at one point. They call the police, both policemen are incompetent by the way, and that's it. Mari's parents offer hospitality to the four criminals when they come to their home seeking help, but when Mari's mother and father learn their daughter has been murdered and the four are responsible, they exact their revenge and go Texas Chainsaw Massacre on them. It's crazy. I've seen a lot of homage's though to this film like Straw Dogs, and I Spit On Your Grave (Millennium Edition). Over all, it's not the worst movie I've seen, but it is twisted and disturbing. I'm telling parents; do not let your children watch this! For horror fans do give this one a try and see for yourself.

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January 30, 2011
Hi, Jen-jay!
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review by . April 30, 2012
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    It is a loose remake of Ingmar Bergman's THE VIRGIN SPRING (1960), but few people would watch Wes Craven's THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT (1972) expecting profound philosophical contemplation or evocative symbolism. The movie is about bloody revenge being taken after horrible violence and so its appeal is in its lurid subject matter and the chills and catharsis it promises.     And yet, one does not remake a Bergman film without signalling that one intends …
review by . January 28, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
*** out of ****     It's never really clarified what time period "The Last House on the Left" takes place in, although I have somewhat of an idea. I of course say what I'm about to say in a joking matter, but please bear with me. I believe that "The Last House on the Left" was made when writer and director Wes Craven was still ripe and coincidentally, still talented. The original "Last House on the Left" was Craven's first feature, and I've got to admit that it's a damn good …
review by . April 04, 2005
posted in Cult Cinema
I think this film has at its essence the true spirit of the horror film. To me this film is not entertaining, and it is one of only a handful of films that truly disturbed me, one that follows through on it's intent to horrify. Most modern horror films tend to glamorize violence and gore, and tend to herald killers as anti-heroes to a point where the audience is no longer horrified or scared. What I found interesting is where this film sits on the timeline of horror, right after Night of the Living …
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FutureNightmarecreator andScreamweaver Wes Craven's film debut is a primitive little production that rises above its cut-rate production values and hazy, grainy patina via its grimly affecting portrait of human evil infiltrating a middle-class household. The story is adapted from Ingmar Bergman'sThe Virgin Spring, but the film has more in common with Sam Peckinpah'sStraw Dogsas it charts the descent of a harmless married couple into methodical killers. A quartet of criminals--a distorted version of the nuclear family--kidnaps a pair of teenage girls and proceeds to ravage, rape, torture, and finally brutally murder them in the woods, unwittingly within walking distance of their rural home. The killers take refuge in the girls' own home, but when the parents discover just who they are and what they've done, they plot violent retribution.

Along with George Romero's Night of the Living Dead and Tobe Hooper's Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Craven helped redefine American horror with this debut--all three movies portray modern society crumbling into madness and horror. But, unlike his fellow directors, Craven gives his film an uncomfortable verisimilitude, setting it squarely in the heartland of modern America. While at times it's awkward and inconsistent, with distracting comic interludes, his handling of the brutal horror scenes is unsettling, and the death of the daughter is an unexpectedly quiet and lyrical moment. --Sean Axmaker

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Director: Wes Craven
Screen Writer: Wes Craven, Ulla Isaksson
DVD Release Date: August 27, 2002
Runtime: 84 minutes
Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
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