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Before Texas Chainsaw Massacre and there was the Last House on the Left...

  • Sep 24, 2010

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 Dead, and right before Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Halloween. It surprises me because it exhibits characteristics that are out of place for the time. The level of gore and outright brutality are much higher than in the films that immediately surround it, and the fact that it predates Texas Chainsaw Massacre by two years astounds me. For me three of the most important aspects of the film are: its "fairy tale" plot, it's documentary feel, and it's early use of the "Rules of Horror". I believe this is one of the first films that uses punishment as a repercussion of immoral behavior, i.e. "If you are going to go into a strange apartment in hopes of buying drugs, you will be (insert punishment here). I also believe that this is one of the most exploitative films that came out of the 70's. It's not a comfortable film and it isn't entertaining, it's purely disturbing and horrific.

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September 24, 2010
Yeah, I'm not keen on remakes in general, and especially when there's nothing to "fix". Couldn't bring myself to watch the remake...
September 24, 2010
Last House on the Left is the quintessential 70's horror film. I didn't care for the remake because the evil characters weren't fleshed out and they seem like cardboard cut-outs. The villains in the original had depth to them and it made the film a lot more interesting. David Hess is the man as well.
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Director: Wes Craven
Genre: Horror
Release Date: January 1, 1972
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Wes Craven
Runtime: 1hr 23min
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