Last House on the Left (1972)

Mike Matei / October 21st, 2015

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  • otto meyer III

    October 21, 2015 at 3:25 am

    Never seen this one. Heard of it. Great review. How about something light-hearted next, Carry On Screaming is a good one… ” Frying Tonight ! “.

    • October 21, 2015 at 4:46 am

      yes

    • October 21, 2015 at 4:47 am

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      • October 21, 2015 at 5:13 am

        Also, its the year 2015 already and we still dont have those self-lacing shoes so I guess now you can say THATs BULLSHIT! hahahaha

    • October 22, 2015 at 7:26 am

      Ah yes, Carry On!

  • Kevin McLaughlin

    October 21, 2015 at 3:38 am

    Grindhouse remake of Ingmar Bergman’s The Virgin Spring.

    • Dericof

      October 21, 2015 at 7:30 am

      Leon Thomas’ Renegade Cut: The Daughters – Where Bergman and Craven Meet?

  • Zces

    October 21, 2015 at 3:51 am

    I have only seen the remake. Good story. I think im going to see this version tonight. Great review as usual! One video worth a review are “Men behind the sun”. Japanese experiment-documentary movie from the 80´s.

  • St_Cerberus_Engel

    October 21, 2015 at 4:45 am

    I don’t know if this is the reason, but most people say that the light hearted scenes are supposed to make the serious ones all the more intense by contrast. Not sure if I go in for that, but I can see the logic behind it.

  • October 21, 2015 at 6:36 am

    You know what’s really weird about this movie? Siskel & Ebert LIKED it, at least more then they did ‘I Spit On Your Grave’.
    Maybe the whacky music worked?

  • October 21, 2015 at 6:40 am

    Heard the title before, didn’t know a thing about it. Seems like it would be worth checking out. The music does seem very odd and out of place for the movie.

  • Don Skiver

    October 21, 2015 at 6:56 am

    I saw this movie as a freshman in high school. It made me sick to my stomach then, and it still does today. I like to think of it as the “prototypical torture porn” movie in the same vein as Human Centipede (more so the sequels), Saw (also more so the sequels), and Hostel. I have no doubt the makers of those films drew inspiration from “Last House on the Left”.

  • October 21, 2015 at 7:03 am

    Now I’m really wondering what you think of “I Spit on your Grave”.

  • October 21, 2015 at 7:35 am

    From what I remember about the interviews for Bravo’s 100 Scariest Movie Moments (#50 on the list, by the way), much of Last House on the Left is a political anti-violence statement. The goofy music paired with realistic horror is suppose to mirror the saturation (at the time) of news footage of the Vietnam War along with the country music being played on the radio; something to that effect.

  • jake westbrook

    October 21, 2015 at 9:12 am

    even to this day this is one of the most horrifying movies ever made. I love it.

  • RoxasOfLight

    October 21, 2015 at 11:13 am

    I have a suggestion for the site. I think it would be a good idea to have a button in one corner of the screen that, when clicked, will redirect to a completely random video from the website. David Firth has one of these buttons on his site Fat-Pie.com (the black and white spiral thing). This would be cool because sometimes I just want to watch a Cinemasacre video at random without having to go through and click through options. Good review by the way!

  • Mac Tonight

    October 21, 2015 at 11:16 am

    This movie was pretty brutal back in the day. It’s lost a lot of the shock value thanks to the whole torture porn trend but still holds up. I vaguely remember the remake because the guy who played Jessie from breaking bad was in it but, like most remakes, was pretty forgettable.

    • Rusty Vinson

      October 21, 2015 at 11:32 am

      I was thinking they had made a remake of this film, but as you said it was likely forgettable. It seems like this movie concept is a product of its time because rape and shock-gore/ torture-porn is so overdone these days that a gimmick is needed to make it stand out among the sea of crap.

  • Rusty Vinson

    October 21, 2015 at 11:28 am

    I bought this on DVD from a bargain bin. The DVD cover was updated to look like it was a modern horror film so I assumed it was a remake, but I ended up with this movie. I had very little expectations, so the movie ended up really surprising me with how decent it is. The graphic scenes seemed so real that they made me queasy. I couldn’t believe such an early movie contained so much rape. It is a good horror film though with plenty of shocking scenes.

  • CrushingC10996WM

    October 21, 2015 at 11:37 am

    Cunningham & Craven working together. Freddy & Jason were meant to be

  • culwin

    October 21, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    Screw Back to the Future, I’m here for Monster Madness!!
    Actually I watched both

  • Joker83

    October 21, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    Never really liked this one. with maybe only Evil Dead as an exception, I’m not overly fond of rape in my horror movies but that’s just my personal taste.

    • Rusty Vinson

      October 21, 2015 at 1:39 pm

      I somewhat agree about not liking rape in a horror movie, but it really helps give the viewer a truer sense of disgust and shock. It is hard to watch a scene with rape and that is exactly how someone should feel about seeing any gruesome act. Rape scenes set a dark, disturbing, real tone that other plot devices cannot achieve. The Evil Dead tree rape scene always gives me the same feeling as any other rape scenes, but I have to agree that it doesn’t lead to as shocking or disgusting of a feeling as a person raping another person.

  • October 21, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    Yeah, I never got into shit like this and The Hills Have Eyes, either. The 70s was really where horror stopped being about being atmospheric and creepy, and more about just trying to be as gross or disturbing as possible, ala Texas Chiansaw Massacre.

    Me? I’ll always be more of a fan of the classic style of horror.

  • Jeff Parson

    October 21, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    This movie reminds me of I spit on your grave. violent and disturbing.

  • handsome pete

    October 21, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    I’m not too fond of calling movies horror when they’re really just about crimes. At the bare minimum, the “monster” needs some kind of deformity or mental illness.

  • Sweetdeath

    October 21, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    I find that kind of disrespectful that they used that type of music. i dunno. the plot itself as you said James is already really realistic and grizzly.. It’s hard to think “Let’s get a chuckle out of the audience” with the music when it’s about two women being tortured..

  • low_tone1

    October 21, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    The music for the movie was written by David Hess who played Grug Stillo, the leader of the gang. In an interview, he claims that the oddball comedy relief and out of place folk music was the result of the filmmakers not yet knowing the conventions of horror. This, however, seems to have only added to the overall tone of the film. The conflicting musical, horror, and comic tropes all work together to create a very unsettling and alienating effect.

  • The Wicker Man

    October 21, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    I was born in the UK in the 80’s and remember the “Video Nasties”, as they were called, scandal being a huge thing on the news at the time. I watched horror from an early age and couldn’t understand what could be so bad that numerous movies were banned?

    One by one when they were finally allowed to be released or released uncut (for some reason a slew of them were released in the early 2000’s) I watched The Burning, Cannibal Ferox, Driller Killer etc. all of which I didn’t find too bad, but then along came Last House on the Left. The rape scene truly turned my stomach, in particular the moment where the guy drools on the woman’s face is easily the most uncomfortable i’ve ever felt watching any movie.

  • donovan wood

    October 21, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    review the thing or we riot

  • October 21, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    90 degrees turn? So it goes off-road?

  • Alexander Braun

    October 21, 2015 at 10:22 pm

    Thanks again Mr. Craven.
    You’ll forever live on.
    Both on our screens and in our dreams.

  • M. Ryan

    October 21, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    This one made me feel sick when I saw it in 2005.

  • Peter Crounse

    October 21, 2015 at 11:50 pm

    It’s not often that I sincerely say this, but I actually prefer the remake. Not because of the cinematography, or the actors, or even because of the (admittedly awesome) end scene with the father. No, the original disturbed me a little too much, and anyone who has seen it probably knows the lengthy scene I’m referring to. Maybe it’s better because it was so disturbing, but this was on the same level as Cannibal Holocaust for me.

  • NekroStyle

    October 22, 2015 at 12:25 am

    It should be mentioned that the actor David Hess, who played the lead baddie Krug Stillo, was the composer for the music in the 1972 Last House On The Left.

  • October 22, 2015 at 2:18 am

    Really enjoyed this over the remake. This film will give you that “not a good feeling”. Even with the silly bits/music everything just seems to fit.

  • Callum Hall

    October 22, 2015 at 4:29 am

    You should do a review on The Fog 1980 for either this year or next year’s Monster Madness

  • gluserty

    October 22, 2015 at 4:39 am

    This film is super creepy to me, definitely because it’s something that could happen and the film stock makes it look like a twisted documentary.

  • xojzk12

    October 22, 2015 at 7:13 am

    This movie is terrifying and a little arousing all at the same time.

  • mrpopsicleman

    October 22, 2015 at 9:34 am

    *Looks around in room with wood paneled walls and 2 prong electrical outlets* This room was added on to the house in 1960, so that style is even older than the 70s. Favorite room actually. 🙂

  • October 22, 2015 at 9:51 am

    RIP Wes Craven

  • TagaZok

    October 22, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    Saw the remake after the original both are hard to watch …but the original have a little something like to close of something that could happened …..

  • Anime Freak

    October 22, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    Didn’t you already make a video about this?
    …..I could have sworn you had…

  • October 22, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    Strange how there’s no mention of Ingmar Bergman’s The Virgin Spring (1960), which The Last House on the Left is an almost scene-for-scene remake of with three exceptions: (1) there’s no female murderer in The Virgin Spring, only the two older man and the young kid, (2) only the more innocent of the two girls, the character Mari was based on, is killed in The Virgin Spring, and (3) the subplot involving the two bumbling cops is not in The Virgin Spring.

  • penpan

    October 22, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    I like this film, but it does segue into whacky slapstick way too often. At the time it might have been going for an ironic twist as you say, James, but now it just is kinda goofy. I love how violent the ending is and the parents got their revenge at last. Great review!

  • juggernautakira

    October 22, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    WTF! You left out the best part! Basically, you just reviewed this as a movie with a 70s look, is about a small group that rapes and tortures 2 girls. The 90 degree angle turn is the selling point! Fuck spoilers, if anyone is here, its cuz they want to see you review their favorites or they want recommendations. You MUST say more about this than 90 degree angled turn. Movie deserves justice.

  • October 23, 2015 at 2:53 am

    The music was written by David Hess. The guy who plays Krug. And some of those songs are amazing. there are some folky sounds that I think fit the ‘woods’ atmosphere very well.

    Keep it up James!

  • October 23, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    Different cuts indeed. o_O The version I saw didn’t have the slapstick cops or the whacky music at all. That probably made it the best version, but it was truly disturbing. (The ending with the chainsaw was just stupid, though.)

  • ChristianSCWS

    October 23, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    I’ve watched every madness since the godzillathon and only now have I signed up. This one was a killer review. I can’t believe you still find the motivation to do this stuff James. Is it your job now basically?

  • October 25, 2015 at 9:55 am

    I wasn’t sure to ask given the…nature of the film.

    But since you reviewed this, will you ever review I Spit on Your Grave?

    Last House is tame compared to that and the remake.

  • October 26, 2015 at 12:31 am

    Hey James I wanted to give you some trivia about this movie. I’m not sure if you already knew this or not but you say in the review you didn’t know what was up with the music they used. Actually the actor that played Krug, David Hess wrote all the music used in the movie. So it’s not like they just picked out a bunch of goofy stock music and threw it together.

  • Ben_from_G-town

    November 1, 2015 at 1:10 am

    Isn’t this movie supposed to be based on a true story? I think I heard that somewhere. But yeah, it’s supposed to be really good. I’ll have to check it out.

  • Ty Palmer

    November 30, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    Very disturbing…

  • gluserty

    April 2, 2016 at 3:51 am

    You ditch the music score and make the cops less goofy, and you really have a special film. Nevertheless, I still think it’s pretty good.

  • July 3, 2016 at 1:18 am

    I’m surprised that you didn’t point out that the younger cop was Martin “Sensei Kreese” Kove, from Karate Kid.

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