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Last House on the Left (1972) Movie Information

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Overall Rank:

2568

Avg. Rating:

2.78/4

# of Ratings:

109

Genres:

Horror, Thriller

Rating:

R

Language:

English

Theater Date:

08/30/1972

DVD Release:

02/24/2009

Director:

Wes Craven

Actors:

Sandra Cassel
Lucy Grantham
David Hess
Fred J. Lincoln
Jeramie Rain
Marc Sheffler

 

 

 

 

Plot Outline:

Two teens go to the city to see their favorite band and score some drugs. But instead they run into escaped convict Krug and his sadistic group. After having their way with the two girls the gang unknowingly seeks refuge at the house of one of the girl's parents who realize what's happened and plan the ultimate revenge. -- Chris Kavan

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Ian 09/15/2015 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Horribly depressing movie. It is really just a torture film with no suspense or thrill at all. I kept asking myself, "Why am I watching this?" It was thoroughly tasteless, there was no point to it and the "justice" that is supposedly served to the criminal scum is very much lacking (i.e. they deserved worse.) This movie is just awful all around, and I strongly urge everyone to avoid it.

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Yojimbo 09/22/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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King of tasteless exploitation Wes Craven's most unpleasant piece of trash and that's up against some very stiff competition. Grotesque, sleazy and nauseating.

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Snoogans 03/20/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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3/4 

Completely unflinching first film, from director Craven. This is about as realistic and uncomfortable as horror gets. Dirty, disturbing and downright cruel.

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  gideon43
gideon43
Director
 

05/21/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

To avoid fainting,keep repeating-it's only a movie

Last House On The Left is a sadistic and exploitive nightmare that can also claim to be the earliest shot video nasty. Benefiting from a superb ad campaign " To avoid fainting, keep repeating-its only a movie" LHOTL offers a brutal, ferocious and cruel revenge movie that fails to offer any hope for mankind.
The director Wes Craven tips his hat to the political agendas dominating America at the time, referencing (in a subtle way) the Vietnam War and the counter culture that could spawn such an atrocity as depicted in the movie.
Its difficult to defend LHOTL as many revered film critics seem to want to do, its a fairly amateurish affair shot almost documentary style, the acting is mediocre at best and the pace is erratic and in- cohesive at times.
Where LHOTL succeeds is in its demand fo...

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3/4 

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  filmfan09
filmfan09
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03/16/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Cult-horror classic

This 1972 verison is Wes Craven's debut film that was inspired by the Swedish art-house classic 'The Virgin Spring' (Oscar winner for best foreign language film), which I own and seen many of times. Many people say that Craven's movie was a remake of 'The Virgin Spring' but it's not. 'The Virgin Spring' was set in medieval Sweden and was a revenge tale about a father's merciless response to the murder of his daughter. 'The Last House on the Left' loosely follows a silmular story with a girl Mari Collingwood (Sandra Cassel) celebrating her 17th birthday by going to a concert with her friend, Phyllis Stone (Lucy Grantham). Lured to an apartment by claims of marijuana for sale they are immediately trapped by escaped convicts. The criminals drive them out to the woods and kill them. Before th...

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  Chris Kavan
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03/12/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Carnage, Revenge to the Depths of Hell


A low-budget cult horror classic, Last House on the Left takes the story from The Virgin Spring, removes any religious context, and turns it into an ultra-violent murder/revenge story.

Being the horror fan I am, I was waiting for a better version of Last House before I watched it. Although I still think the new uncut version is probably missing some of the more graphic scenes, it got the point across.

While Virgin Spring explores the nature of God and has you feeling sympathy even for the bad guys at some point, Last House offers no redemption. The evil here is not a trio of herdsman, but escaped convicts (one a murder of nuns and a priest, the other a pedophile and peeping tom) along with a drug addict and bisexual wild-woman girlfriend.

Our victims are not an innocent Ch...

Rating of
2.5/4 

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