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The Last House on the Left

A 2009 movie directed by Dennis Iliadis.

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What would you do if someone hurt the one you loved?

  • Jan 24, 2010
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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 question, what would you do?

Dennis lliadis and Wes Craven's " The Last House on the left" is as disturbing and brutal as modern horror can get but it also has the subtle and level headed  type of film making that you rarely see in modern horror which makes  this gorefest  quite a sight to behold, but  it also has something else that makes  something of a rarity  it actual has high class acting   and a very steady  and well thought out plot and story to support the  intense and disturbing nature of the film. But while it is a horror gem  the film has a few sequences including a very realistic rape  scene that may disenchant viewers and cause them to give up on this film before the ball really get's moving(I know I almost did).  But after all that is over  and done  you really start to get to the heart of this film and see  how these events affect the  two parents(Tony Goldwyn and Monica Potter.) and how it drives them on anger fueled rampage against the ones that hurt there daughter(Sarah Paxton). But in reality is this remake of the 1972 classic  just plain terrible? No. Is it a horror gem? That would depend  on how you look at the film in it's entirety but "The Last House on the left" does enthrall you and entice you with it's unique spin on   the revenge plot and it will give you the horror thrills and chills that you would expect from a film of this caliber, and then again it might not be what you exactly expect.

Tony Goldwyn  and Monica Potter  are fantastic as  the parents  seeking revenge, they give  a whole new meaning to the word "Average psychos" there performances   really drive this film and help move the slow plot along. But the thing that I really like about  there performances is that in the beginning you see them as average, ordinary people   living out there lives in peaceful tranquility  until one night when vacationing in there lake house  there daughter, who is in town with a friend, is attacked  by a group of escaped  criminals  and left for dead in the woods amazingly she survives  and makes her way home  to only find that the  people who harmed her are staying in there house trying to escape the storm realizing this  the parents take matters into there own hands and exact there brutal revenge plot  on the criminals. That too me is  something you don't see everyday in  films  or in this case revenge thrillers   they put a seriously unique twist on there parts  and are a saving grace to the picture. The rest of the cast  of some well known faces and not so well known are great in the parts of the criminals  and show true talent but are  swallowed up by Goldwyn and Potters performances  yet they still shine.

"The Last House on the left" is not an everyone's horror film but if you can get past the brutal violence, the intense rape scene  you can start to get involved  in this  gritty and  bloody  revenge tale that almost breaks into the spot of classic status. "The Last House on the left" delivers.
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December 30, 2010
This is one of the better ones to come out as far as remakes go, great review.
January 26, 2010
How do you think this stacks up to the original?
January 26, 2010
Well I have not seen the original yet but once I do I will be sure to watch this one to see if it can measure up.
January 25, 2010
nice review. I too enjoyed this one despite the fact that the original was way scarier and more intense.
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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
posted in Movie Hype
      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
posted in Movie Hype
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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 02, 2010
If you like this sort of thing and know what you're getting into
   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,” …
Quick Tip by . October 13, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
   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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