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The Last House on the Left

A 2009 movie directed by Dennis Iliadis.

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  • Jan 2, 2010
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I’ve seen the remake of Wes Craven's original and it was pretty good plus disturbing. Having seen my fair share of disturbing films like “Cannibal Holocaust.” After watching this up to date version it seems a bit unbalanced and tame along with the unrated version. I say unbalanced because it seems to want to be two different films, in terms of genre and style. The last act and the only parts worth watching, seem to fall under the 'torture porn' genre, for example “Hostel,” “Saw” and countless other horror films that rely on gross out gore to entertain the audience. Nothing wrong with this of course because I love my gore in horror flicks. This film does have some great deaths, even if they are a bit over the top. Hammers, garbage disposals, microwaves, all these are great death scenes. Yet the rest of the film (save for the rape bits) seem to belong to another film all together.

The acting is by the numbers, yet I found Dillahunt and Goldwyn are the stand out performances. Dillahunt, from Deadwood, plays Krug, the lead gang member. He walks the line of being nice, at least to me. He plays it nice, yet his actions are despicable. I say he played it nice because Aaron Paul, who plays another member of the gang is pretty "evil" and over the top. Goldwyn plays the father and has intense moments that is all played through his eyes. The two of them have a fight scene that was not in the original and it seems too fake, just to fill some time.

The story is predictable, even if you haven't seen the original and is by the numbers. In a film like this, I was expecting more shock moments. The final act had two, yet this film cries for more. As a remake, I’d say I've seen worse (Prom Night), but there are certainly better (Dawn of the Dead) remakes out there. Another thing that struck me was the flow of the movie, if you could call it that. While there are some strong emotional scenes, the movie doesn't know (or want) to emotionalize until the end. May be that's just my feeling here. At the end I didn't feel bad, but I certainly didn't feel as relieved as in "Taken."

Director Illiadis has a passion for blood, his shots of flesh cutting and his close ups in general but it's not enough to sustain a large amount of interest in what is, essentially, a film supposed to be actually about something. “Last House On The Left” is a well made film, don't get me wrong. If you're into this type of horror stuff then it might satisfy you.

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January 30, 2010
Generally I'm not in favor of remakes because they tend to choose films that don't NEED to be remade and opt for genre classics instead. I'm not terribly invested in this film so I don't care one way or the other, but for my money the original is the better flick.
February 04, 2010
I'm with you on that one.....
 
January 02, 2010
I liked this one albeit pales in comparison with the original. Glad you're reviewing here now, milady. I'm off amazon starting this day; but I'll be reviewing free Asian movies there from time to time. Nice work!
January 07, 2010
Thanks Woopak, It's great being here compare to Amazon because it's so desolate. I will place some of my reviews there's too and of course the ones that requires me too ;-)
 
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review by . July 19, 2011
Two of Wes Craven's early features have been bettered by their remakes. Alexandre Aja's 2006 retread of The Hills Have Eyes was clever, visually spectacular and far superior to the noisy, stupid original. Similarly, this second take on Craven's vicious 1972 directorial debut draws from all of its strengths while jettisoning its many overwrought flaws. Although the plot is similar - two girls are abducted by hardened criminals, brutalized and left for dead; parents exact revenge - it's …
review by . October 13, 2010
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FOR A REMAKE THIS ONE IS ACTUALLY GOOD
      THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT      I remember watching the original film and thinking this is a pretty good movie, in fact Wes Craven's 70's classic is still a good film to this day. So when I heard that once again not only was Hollywood remaking an old classic but it would be another Wes film I was a little upset. Of course the remake of his other classic "The Hills Have Eyes" was actually good so I finally found myself giving this a …
review by . August 20, 2009
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   Perhaps I should have re-watched the original “The Last House on the Left” before I saw this re-imagining of the violently, brutal horror classic, but I think I can remember enough to write a balanced review. The original had that unrelenting graphically violent nature that is rooted around the premise of the lost of innocence, that left its mark 37 or so years ago. Wes Craven was still trying to find his style during the time, and now, he has been trying to revamp his …
review by . January 24, 2010
What would you do if someone hurt the one you loved?
If someone hurt the one you loved  how far would you go to make them pay? Would you go outside the law and take matters into your own hands? Would you  try and at least do the right thing and wait for the proper authorities to  come and   catch them? Well  the honest truth is that this film explores the latter. It explores  how one father and mother take justice into there own hands and get revenge on the people that hurt there young daughter. Now here's the real …
Quick Tip by . October 13, 2010
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   This remake is actually good and while not as memorable as the original still manages to pull off some good moments.
Quick Tip by . June 22, 2010
Very disturbing movie all the way around. That being said, I found the plot and actions of the characters fairly unbelievable.
Quick Tip by . June 14, 2010
It might be a little softer around the edges than its predecessor, but this remake still manages to deliver the goods, even if it does take the safer approach to the moral ambiguities of the original classic.
review by . October 13, 2009
The Last on the Left remake was okay in my opinion.  I didn't care for the bad guys because in the original you got to know them better but in the remake they're pretty much your run-on-the-mill garden variety villains.They didn't have any real personalities and they just seem to be "there" so they can chase the two girls and deal some dirty deeds upon them.  The movie does stick somewhat to the original script but there is something missing from this film that really stood out …
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Director: Dennis Iliadis
Genre: Action, Crime, Horror, Thriller
Release Date: March 13, 2009
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Carl Ellsworth, Adam Alleca
Runtime: 110 minutes
Studio: Rogue Pictures, Scion Films, Film Afrika Worldwide, Midnight Entertainment
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