The Last House On The Left (1972)

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On their way to a concert, Mari and her best friend become the victims of merciless convicts who take them into the woods and submit them to physical, mental and sexual torture, unaware of the impending vengeful retaliation Mari's parents will unleash upon them. --IMDb
Review by Chad
Added: March 18, 2004
Mari and Phyllis are on their way to see a Bloodlust concert, when they decide they need some grass to take along with them. They see Junior standing outside his hotel room, and ask him if he knows where they can score some. He takes them up to his room, where his accomplices are waiting. We have Weasel, your typical gangster guy with a switchblade; Sadie, a bisexual chick who seems to be the group slut; and Krug, the leader of the pack. Krug gives Junior some heroin (his fix) as a reward for bringing the ladies up to the room. Some cutting takes place, and they leave the next morning. They end up in some woods, just across the street from Mari's house. Here, the gang decides to humiliate, torture, and rape these two girls.

The scenes with the gangsters and the girls were very nicely done; however, I suppose Craven decided it was too edgy, so he had to keep throwing in comedic relief which ruined the flow of the movie. Everytime it'd really start going, we'd cutscene to the bumbling cops trying to get to the house, or the parents setting up a birthday party, or a chicken lady, or... yeah, it got a bit annoying after a while. If all that nonsense had been cut out, we'd be left with a much better, albeit much shorter, movie.

The idea for this movie was done again in a lesser known title known as House On The Edge Of The Park. It even stars the same main guy, in an almost carbon-copy role. However, in my humble opinion, House On The Edge Of The Park is a much better movie than this one. The story flows much nicer, it's more entertaining, and the acting is much better. If you liked this movie, you should definitely check out Park. If you liked Park, you may like this one, although it's quite a step down in quality.

Clarence Bodicker #1: Clarence Bodicker - added 07/30/2004, 02:13 AM
5/10!? This movie is classic. Although I do have to agree, I found House On The Edge Of The Park enjoyable too.
Christopher #2: Christopher - added 01/08/2006, 09:53 AM
Had this been seen in the seventies by me, I still wouldn't have had a positive thing to say about it and would have certainly gave it a lower rating.
grain of sand #3: grain of sand - added 02/08/2007, 05:29 PM
I enjoyed this, I don't know why, I thought it was simple and straight to the point.. and the end with the father is awesome
Ginose #4: Ginose - added 03/01/2007, 03:31 PM
I agree with the review. This movie is known as a cult-classic and one of Craven's best... it wasn't. I didn't like it and I still don't.
"House On the Edge Of the Park" is 10 times better and much more fun to watch... this one was boring and un-impressive until the end when the dad gets the chainsaw... 3/10
Tristan #5: Tristan - added 03/29/2007, 03:07 PM
You could tell what he wanted to do with this movie, but he couldn't pull it off. Girl dies, parents find out, kill people who did it. Simple enough concept, but there was no logic in the way he pieced it all together. And the dad setting up little traps was just stupid. Walk upstairs, and shoot them in bed. Problem solved.
Nirrad #6: Nirrad - added 07/09/2008, 01:50 AM
Guh, this movie is simply terrible. I agree with the comic relief, it was just unnecessary and dumb. This movie let me down. big fat 2/10. Purely awful.
Nirrad #7: Nirrad - added 08/10/2008, 01:53 PM
....why in the hell did I watch this again? I suck. I saw this a few years ago after hearing how "great" it was, etc. Needless to say I hated it. I gave it a second chance last night and paid more attention to it. This movie is simply trash, there is absolutely nothing good about this movie at all. People who like it should be shot. And that stupid final act.....I liked it better when it was called Home Alone.
Shakes #8: Shakes - added 01/22/2009, 12:58 PM
I liked it better than the Hills have Eyes. what a peice of crap that was. i give LHotL a 4/10...
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