Last House on the Left

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Overview

Horror master Wes Craven's powerful debut was this controversial low-budget remake of Ingmar Bergman's The Virgin Spring 1959. One of the more brutal rape-revenge films, it is unflinchingly explicit in its depiction of the vicious abuse and slaughter of two teenage girls at the hands of a Mansonesque gang of criminals. The revenge segments are no less shocking, including a murder by bucksaw, a throat slashing, and an oral castration. The acting is amateurish and the cinematography is bargain-basement, but ...
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Overview

Horror master Wes Craven's powerful debut was this controversial low-budget remake of Ingmar Bergman's The Virgin Spring 1959. One of the more brutal rape-revenge films, it is unflinchingly explicit in its depiction of the vicious abuse and slaughter of two teenage girls at the hands of a Mansonesque gang of criminals. The revenge segments are no less shocking, including a murder by bucksaw, a throat slashing, and an oral castration. The acting is amateurish and the cinematography is bargain-basement, but something in the almost documentary-like nature of the film makes it devastating nonetheless. Along with Night of the Living Dead 1968 and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 1974, it is one of the early classics of graphic horror.
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All Movie Guide - Robert Firsching
Horror master Wes Craven's powerful debut was this controversial low-budget remake of Ingmar Bergman's The Virgin Spring (1959). One of the more brutal rape-revenge films, it is unflinchingly explicit in its depiction of the vicious abuse and slaughter of two teenage girls at the hands of a Mansonesque gang of criminals. The revenge segments are no less shocking, including a murder by bucksaw, a throat slashing, and an oral castration. The acting is amateurish and the cinematography is bargain-basement, but something in the almost documentary-like nature of the film makes it devastating nonetheless. Along with Night of the Living Dead (1968) and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974), it is one of the early classics of graphic horror.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/1/2000
  • UPC: 027616851338
  • Original Release: 1972
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  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Marshall Anker Sheriff
Cynthia Carr Mrs. Collingwood
Sandra Cassel Mari Collingwood
Gaylord St. James Dr. Collinewood
Lucy Grantham Phyllis Stone
David Hess Krug
Martin Kove Deputy
Fred Lincoln Weasel
Jeramie Rain Sadie
Marc Sheffler Junior
Ada Washington Ada
Technical Credits
Wes Craven Director, Editor, Screenwriter
Sean S. Cunningham Producer
David Hess Score Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THIS MOVIE WAS SO SCARY!!!!!!!!!!

    I LOVED THIS MOVIE! I LOVE THE BLOOD AND GORE IN THIS MOVIE. I WANT TO WATCH IT OVER AND OVER AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    HUH?

    My boyfriend loved this movie. I am trying to figure out why. When I asked him, his answer was "I just enjoy older movies." In other words "That scene where the girl takes her shirt off was great!" I did have to laugh at some of the scenes. They weren't meant to be funny. The acting was B rated, but the movie itself, F-. The script was not complete, the plot fell short, and parts seemed to jump to far too quick! Not what I was expecting from Wes Cravens.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    It just doesn't cut it as it did in the 70's

    This film sadly just does not stand the test of time. This movie was considered to be one of the most scariest and most disturbing movies of all time, and now it's just a cheap film of really bad taste. I imagine that when it came out it was incredibly scary, but now it's just a film full of bad acting and super cheesy background music. The overall plot was scary, but the actual film...not so much...at least anymore.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Classic

    This is a great movie.. i only heard about it from shows i watched or count downs of the best horror movie in magazines and i went to my local video store and NO ONE had it.. so i finally ordered it online... WOW when i first saw it i got bored in the begining with any 1970's movie it does tend to drag and be a bit cartoonish (ex the parents planing the party, the cops being complete retards ect) but once it got to the woods that was when i looked and thought jesus did i order a snuff movie??? i had to look away cause it was just so nasty and brutal what they did to those girls... it was directed and shot so real that you really thought you were watching this in real life... the revenge twards the end is great! the mom taking a "bite" out of one of the killers, the chainsaw, just the way these parents took out their revenge was wicked and something i am sure any parent would do if they had to opertunity to kill the killers... great movie.. ahead of its time.. and its a shame a man who made this movie made scream... eh that was just sad...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This movie still scares me!

    I saw this movie shortly after it was released in 1972. I still gives me nightmares! I have owned a few houses but still would NEVER buy one that was the last house on the left.I have not been able to watch a horror movie since.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is a good 'Classic' for a reason

    Everyone is basing this film on newer ones such as Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Dawn of the Dead. This film was made in 72. You can not compare it to films made in the past 15 years. An example would be if you watched the original terminator compared to the newest one. For its' time, this movie was one of the best. I first saw this movie a few years ago, and liked the simplicity of it. It was not made with the goal of making millions. It was made with hopes of getting into the movie making business and it succeeded.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A long time ago

    For all those who don't 'get it' with the old cult horror movies, I'm afraid you never will! B 4 our 'society' was desensitised, these kinds of movies made your mind reel. The movies are not to B scrutinized with today's standards, and didn't rely on CGI to 'sell' the movie.Instead they played on your inate ability to discern right from wrong, not to guage 'if I do this will I get into trouble or not'. There were things you didnt speak out loud and didn't dare let your mind imagine. To the people who don't 'get it', you should stick with other good titles albeit less requiring of mental function. IE: pretty colors, lots of explosions and loud cars squealing tires and bullets. Gone are some wonderfully suspensful cult classics.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Don't Bother!

    As a long-time fan of horror, what a piece of trash! Here you have two women being brutalized while Woodie Guthrie-like folk song music is playing in the background. The acting was deplorable, and I didn't know if I was watching Grade B horror or the Dukes of Hazard. This was a film that didn't know what it wanted to be and should never have been. And don't look for some creepy old psycho house deep in the woods, as is depicted on the cover. In fact, don't look for this trash at all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    awsome!!!!

    this film was fantastic. i thought it was realy horrifying . the first good horror ive seen for a while.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    slow but good

    just watched last house could nt understand y banned till 30 ish mins into pretty shockingstill in todays climate good story

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This movie is not what it is cracked up to be

    I was waiting for what seems like an eternity to see this movie.. I had heard that it was one of the ''greatest horror films of all time..'' Boy was that not true!!!! It was slow getting started and boring at the same time.. Not a great horror movie at all..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THIS MOVIE IS A PSYCHOLOGICAL NAIL FILE

    Wes Craven has always understood two things very well, which is why he's one of the greatest horror film directors ever : (1) The creation of true horror in viewers comes from sadness, from the depiction of characters they care for and identify with who are made to suffer horribly at the hands of characters who feel no guilt about their actions. (2) The more realistically this device is depicted, the more horrifying it is. And back in the days when he was first starting out, when he had no money to work with or big studios to worry about, this is what you got : An extremely gritty, intensely disturbing horror masterpiece that pulls absolutely no punches in its approach. To some, certain movies ''go too far.'' This one deliberately does : It's relentless in showing things that will offend audience sensibilities. But as Stephen King once said, that's exactly the effect the horror movie in general seeks. Roger Ebert, in his review of ''Halloween,'' mentioned his 3 1/2 star(out of four) review of this film, and talked of the endless angry letters he got, asking him how he could possibly support such a film. He said he wasn't supporting it as much as he was describing it : If you don't want to be truly scared, then don't see it. It's not a movie you should watch for a good spook, but one that should be approached with caution, a psychological crime drama not to be taken lightly. It was released a year before ''The Exorcist'' and two before ''The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,'' and so was ahead of them both in terms of truly mortifying audiences : I think the only horror movie that went anywhere near this before it was released was ''Peeping Tom.'' ''Last House'' is tough and painful to watch, though like many similar horror movies, it's also strangely funny in many scenes, due to the nature of the killers when they find themselves in situations with the parents in which they have to try and appear civilized, the kooky dialogue in some spots, and the bizarre banjo music that occasionally appears on the soundtrack. I have to say : If you intend to see this film, prepare for the fact that it will probably bother you, and that you won't be able to shake it after you see it. It REALLY gets to you. As the Video Movie Guide wrote : ''This movie will probably turn your stomach and keep you awake at night.'' Yet any movie that is this well made with such a low budget, and that is so uncompromisingly real in its vision of depravity, earns much respect from me. It earned its ad line -''Keep telling yourself it's only a movie'' - in full, and shocked the hell out of early 70s movie audiences, who just weren't prepared for something like this. It is still shocking today, and it is truly a horror classic. Two interesting footnotes : David Hess, who plays the vicious gang leader Krug (probably Craven's inspiration for Freddy Krueger), wrote and performed the movie's disturbing musical soundtrack; and (I'm pretty sure this is true)Jeremie Rain, who plays the bisexual psychopath Sadie, was and may still be married to Richard Dreyfuss.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2001

    The Last House On the Left has a good shock value

    The Last House On the Left is a rather shocking film displaying the pure heartlessness and evil of society and our culture. It is very graphic, but powerfully realistic. It scared me and I would reccommend it to anybody looking for a good scare. Overall...I thought it was Wes Craven at his best!

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