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The Last House on the Left

A 2009 movie directed by Dennis Iliadis.

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FOR A REMAKE THIS ONE IS ACTUALLY GOOD

  • Oct 13, 2010
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Last House on the Left

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 chance. The result is kinda mixed for me because this is not horrible in any way but it does not leave me feeling like I watched something classic either.

The Collingwood's are a typical family with a slightly over protective mother who is constantly worried any time the daughter wants to go do something, a typical teen who would rather hang out with her friends and not her parents, and of course the easy going father who is wrapped around the finger of his daughter. It is your average family who are going to their house out in the woods for a vacation I guess, just another day. Mari [daughter] once there immediately wants to use the car to leave and go see her friend who works in town. Emma [mother] wants her to stay and have the family moments but John [father] just throws his little girl the keys and tells her to have fun after giving her some cash.

The day is fine until Mari and best friend Paige go off with a young man named Justin to smoke a little of that sticky. The attraction is there between the teens [as usual, oh those hormones] so of course the girls want to make him over and play dress up with him. Only thing is his family who just walked in are crazy and have no problem killing any one at all. So the film goes into crazy mode and we witness the beating, rape and death of these girls, actually one dies and one is raped. As stated earlier in the film a storm is coming and after doing what they do the killers seek refuge at the closest place possible, at the "Last House on The Left" [da da daaa]. It just so happens that this is Mari's house were her parents offer to help these people, until Mari returns home.

This remake is actually good and while not as memorable as the original still manages to pull off some good moments. The film looks good as most remakes do these days but that takes away the gritty feel of the classics. The writing is decent for this type of film and other than the last scene you could see these things happening and they feel real enough. Adam Alleca and Carl Ellsworth did an ok job as far as the script is concerned and director Dennis Iliadis did a good job making the film flow, and the rape scene was very well done. He made it real enough and uneasy enough and at the same time did not over do it taking it into a porn realm. Writer/director of the original Wes Craven returns as a producer and Sean S. Cunningham of "Friday The 13th" fame also comes aboard as a producer.

I think the best thing this film has going for it is actually the acting, the leads of this do a great job especially compared to acting in films like this one. Tony Goldwyn who plays John Collingwood does a good job in this film but it is his wife played by Monica Potter who does one of the best jobs on the film. Sara Paxton who played Mari is surprisingly good in this film, I say that because usually whoever plays the young pretty teen in these flicks is usually only cast because of looks. Also Spencer Treat Clark is really good in this film as the only sympathetic character from the group of killers Justin. It is easy to see that he wants nothing to with his family or what they do but he is scared of his father and uncle so much that he can't stand up to them. Aaron Paul who plays his uncle Francis as well is good in this but it is Francis's brother/Justin's father Krug who steals the show. Krug played by Garret Dillahunt is an evil guy who is basically heartless and Garret does an excellent job portraying him in this film.

This film is not a classic at least in my mind but it is good enough for a rental for the most part, maybe even purchase if found at a cheaper price. Other than a few miss steps like the microwave thing which seemed out of place here and
Riki Lindhome's topless over acting [I guess only one of those is bad] as Sadie this is a good remake. For those who have not seen this yet I recommend it, if you like these types of films this is a good choice at the movie store.

FOR A REMAKE THIS ONE IS ACTUALLY GOOD FOR A REMAKE THIS ONE IS ACTUALLY GOOD FOR A REMAKE THIS ONE IS ACTUALLY GOOD FOR A REMAKE THIS ONE IS ACTUALLY GOOD

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January 20, 2011
This movie was better than it had any right to be. It doesn't really echo the original that much but I was kinda surprised at how graphic the rape scene is. We don't get to see anything like that much in mainstream films so that was impressive. Overall, not bad for a remake. Great job!
 
October 13, 2010
It's funny that you just posted a review of this movie; I actually re-visited this movie a few evenings ago when I bought the movie used for $ 7.95. I liked it quite a bit the second time around. True it will not match the tone and exploitive appeal of the original but still a good remake. Nice review!
 
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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 . 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 …
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
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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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