Movie Review: The Last House on the Left

Movie Review: The Last House on the Left

Hollywood has completely forgotten how to make a horror movie with an original script so here we have another remake.

Published March 13, 2009

left Hollywood has completely forgotten how to make a horror movie with an original script so here we have another remake. Last House on the Left was originally done in 1972 by Wes Craven of Nightmare On Elm Street fame, which was inspired by 1960's The Virgin Spring . A family is on vacation at their lakeside home while their daughter and her best friend go on a hunt for marijuana. Trusting the wrong drug dealer, things get creepy when they are abducted by a band of horny, sadistic, and wanted for murder psychos. All the horror movie standards: sex, drugs, crotch shots and gore.

There is nothing particularly special about the film, but director Dennis Iliadis does manage to execute a sharp, clean and improved movie than the atrocious horror trash that has come out this year. In addition, the actors are a cast of unknowns who are way above average for horror movie expectations and the audience manages to route for the family -- unlike films like The Uninvited where you had no interest and just wanted the film to end .

Nonetheless, what made the original Last House on the Left work was the low-budget grit. The remake is too polished for its own good. Imagine The Blair Witch Project remade with a massive production budget.

The most disturbing piece of The Last House on The Left is an extremely graphic rape scene, which made some people walk out of the theater. The scene went on longer than it should have, obviously wanting to disturb the audience, which worked in a bad way—for some, it was more offensive than scary.

Last House On the Left is filled with slow suspense. Everything is a build up, long stares, dramatic pauses and walking slowly in the dark all while saying, "Now why the f*ck are you going there!"

The Last House on the Left has its moments, but it's a film you will forget within 10 minutes of leaving the theater. Oh, and the moral to the story—don’t smoke weed.

The Last House on the Left is in theatres today.

Written by Clay Cane

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