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.
Last House on the Left was the first film that Wes Craven directed. Another horror alumnus Sean Cunningham was the Producer of the film and co-conspirator. The movie follows a teenager named Mari who's celebrating her 17th birthday. She decides to celebrate her b-day with her best friend Phyliss. The two go to the city to see a hard rock band and decide to score some dope. That's when they come across a path of psychos led by Krug (David … more
Pros: hard to say Cons: bad vibes Since this movie was released almost 30 years ago most people are unaware of this title. I have not seen this movie since it was released and yet I can still recall the horror and violence every time I even hear someone give directions and the words last house are included ... left, right, up, down, whatever. Viewed today most people would find this similar to most slasher films released in … more