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 Hess). This faithful encounter changes their lives forever. Remember, it's only a movie!
Last House was loosely based upon an Ingmar Bergman film called "The Virgin Spring". The movie was edited by film distributors wherever it played. It's a disturbing film that still packs a punch. I have never seen such depravity and gruesome violence before. But don't let that deter you because this is a horror classic, one of the essentials. After this film the bar was raised so high on the horror scale that the genre was never the same. Craven would follow this film up with another creepy horror film The Hills Have Eyes, Sean Cunningham would direct Friday the 13th and David Hess would make a career out of imitating Krug,
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 … 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