The Last House on the Left (18)

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Tue Jun 9 2009

Born out of the anti-Vietnam protests and inspired by Ingmar Bergman’s ‘The Virgin Spring’, Wes Craven’s 1972 horror was an anti-establishment shocker that became infamous for its scenes of rape and violence. Dennis Iliadis’s remake retains its ferocious power and provocative themes, and thanks to a focused script that unfolds in real time, it ratchets up the suspense and sucks us into a remorseless cycle of violence and revenge.

Innocent teenager Mari Collingwood (Sara Paxton) and her wayward friend Paige (Martha Maclsaac) are abducted and brutalised by escaped psychopath Krug (Garrett Dillahunt), his aptly named girlfriend Sadie, his brother Francis and his wimpy son Justin. The captured girls are less helpless here, but these stomach-knotting early scenes are made worse by a nagging feeling that if they had only cooperated, or taken their chances, things might not have spiralled out of control. Then, in an irony inherited from ‘The Virgin Spring’, the killers seek refuge in Mari’s parents’ idyllic lakeside summer home, where John Collingwood (Tony Goldwyn) and his wife Emma (Monica Potter) – alerted by tell-tale clues to their guests’ true identities – use cunning, makeshift weapons and improvised booby traps to exact their cruel revenge.

Craven’s sub-$100,000 exploitation movie fused the sleazy intensity of the grindhouse with the piercing intelligence of an art film. Iliadis’s sensibility is more commercial, but he introduces a telling undercurrent of class hatred and never loses sight of how Mari’s parents are ultimately reduced to the same level of primal, animalistic violence as that of psychotic Krug and his cronies.

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Gabe

Oh my lord, that was the wort movie I've ever seen. If it was at least slightly scary it may have been tolerable but I've seen comedy movies that were more frightening than this.

Gabe

Oh my lord, that was the wort movie I've ever seen. If it was at least slightly scary it may have been tolerable but I've seen comedy movies that were more frightening than this.

jordan

one of the best movies i've ever seen the people who give it 1 stars are scared of scary movies bunch of bitches if u ask me but this movie is awesome!

jordan

one of the best movies i've ever seen the people who give it 1 stars are scared of scary movies bunch of bitches if u ask me but this movie is awesome!

buzz

Great film. The final 'microwave' scene was the only disappointing part, totally unnecessary.

buzz

Great film. The final 'microwave' scene was the only disappointing part, totally unnecessary.

shelly

this is an appaulingly awful film this film should of not of been released in cinemas!

shelly

this is an appaulingly awful film this film should of not of been released in cinemas!

bigman

i was really appalled by this movie's blatant show of rape. it only furthers the desensitization of america and makes rape less of a rare, horrific act and puts it into a piece of entertainment. it pisses me off and saddens me at the same time that people can now pay to go see a realistic rape on a big screen just so hollywood can show something to capture attention. to all of you who enjoyed this movie and anything that has to do with it i really hope that you don't let it get past you that rape and torture and murder really are horrible things and not to be taken lightly or enjoyed as entertainment.

bigman

i was really appalled by this movie's blatant show of rape. it only furthers the desensitization of america and makes rape less of a rare, horrific act and puts it into a piece of entertainment. it pisses me off and saddens me at the same time that people can now pay to go see a realistic rape on a big screen just so hollywood can show something to capture attention. to all of you who enjoyed this movie and anything that has to do with it i really hope that you don't let it get past you that rape and torture and murder really are horrible things and not to be taken lightly or enjoyed as entertainment.

Tim

Weak story, especially the ending. Gratuitous violence. I usually enjoy the horror genre, but not in this case. I wish I'd stayed at home to watch the Millionaire!

Tim

Weak story, especially the ending. Gratuitous violence. I usually enjoy the horror genre, but not in this case. I wish I'd stayed at home to watch the Millionaire!

Shap

Where was the storyline??? I walked out half way through because it was so boring....

Shap

Where was the storyline??? I walked out half way through because it was so boring....

Lee

You 2 need to stop arguing like a couple of school girls and just enjoy the film as a piece of brutal neo arthouse cinema. The first half has you on the edge of your seat, hoping despite the obvious that the 2 girls can escape from the horrific brutality that the films villains inflict on them. They don't however, but the film flips vey quickly and the villains of the piece are now the victims to the girls parents...and despite the gruesome detail of the film...I personally found myself cheering on the parents and thoroughly enjoying the graphic nature of the film. Not for the faint of hearted...but well worth a watch!

Lee

You 2 need to stop arguing like a couple of school girls and just enjoy the film as a piece of brutal neo arthouse cinema. The first half has you on the edge of your seat, hoping despite the obvious that the 2 girls can escape from the horrific brutality that the films villains inflict on them. They don't however, but the film flips vey quickly and the villains of the piece are now the victims to the girls parents...and despite the gruesome detail of the film...I personally found myself cheering on the parents and thoroughly enjoying the graphic nature of the film. Not for the faint of hearted...but well worth a watch!

Jamie

"Born out of the anti-Vietnam protests...Craven’s sub-$100,000 exploitation movie fused the sleazy intensity of the grindhouse with the piercing intelligence of an art film." Good grief! Has Mr. Floyd actually watched Wes Craven's original or just read about it (probably in the press notes to this film)?! His review of this cynical and meretricious remake leads me to seriously wonder if he has watched that too. I have no objection to violent films and I love intelligent horror cinema no matter how graphic, but this is an emptily slick, crassly manipulative and morally infantile piece of work which has nothing whatsoever to say about violence, vengeance or the human capacity for barabarism. And by the way, neither this film nor Craven's original bear anything more than a perfunctory similarity to Bergman's Virgin Spring.

Jamie

"Born out of the anti-Vietnam protests...Craven’s sub-$100,000 exploitation movie fused the sleazy intensity of the grindhouse with the piercing intelligence of an art film." Good grief! Has Mr. Floyd actually watched Wes Craven's original or just read about it (probably in the press notes to this film)?! His review of this cynical and meretricious remake leads me to seriously wonder if he has watched that too. I have no objection to violent films and I love intelligent horror cinema no matter how graphic, but this is an emptily slick, crassly manipulative and morally infantile piece of work which has nothing whatsoever to say about violence, vengeance or the human capacity for barabarism. And by the way, neither this film nor Craven's original bear anything more than a perfunctory similarity to Bergman's Virgin Spring.