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25 October 2011

The Last House on the Left (1972) [ Horror Marathon] 22#


Directed by: Wes Craven
Genre: Horror
Runtime: 83 Minutes

In the early works of Wes Craven, you can see he was quite relentless with content. This is his directorial debut, and what better way to do it than have nudity? We are confronted with female nudity just two ½ minutes in to the film and throughout the film. “The Last House on the Left” is gritty, clever and very intelligent despite its cheaply made atmosphere. This early Craven b-movie film has great irony, moments of solid violence and many actors who you have probably never heard of.

Two teen-aged girls heading into the city when they hook up with a gang of drug-addled ne'er-do-wells and are brutally murdered. The killers find their way to the home of one of their victim's parents, where both father and mother exact a horrible revenge.

The thing that makes it good film is because of how low budgets it is and it is a first time directorial debut, so you do not have any expectations to live up to. Once you see it, the quality is very low, and the actors are relatively new, but the plot is so fiendishly smart the film is horrifically entertaining. It has a great irony to it that will have your eyes wide open by its final moments. The chances of something like this happening, I don’t know, but it was very clever indeed. When you watch it, you will know what I’m talking about. 

The budget to be exact was $90, 000 that is not actually a lot. What I found impressive is this is a director’s first attempt and it ended up being censored in some companies. What a way to start your career. Craven here is almost like a junior Kubrick, by that I mean daring. Although, the film is still pretty weak in story because of how it splits itself up. A nice experimentation of having our main characters getting killed off, and making a new set of mains, but it is not the strongest in plot; Clever, ironic, but kind of sloppy.

Crude but shocking is a good way to put the film. Sometimes we hear nice little happy tunes of music, which obviously contrasts with what we are seeing. Some may find the idea disturbing, which it is, but we are not gives gallons of blood all over the place. The acting as pretty good from these amateurs and I especially loved the performance from David Hess as Krug. Is it just me or his name soemthing that inspired "Fred Kurger"?

The film is interesting to watch and especially to see were Craven started. It may not compare to his later and experienced works, but it is a nice first attempt from him and is among his good films.

My Rating: 7/10

3 comments:

  1. I thought this film sucked and is a cheap rip-off of Ingmar Bergman's "The Virgin Spring".

    Please don't compare Craven to Kubrick man..in any manner whatsoever!

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  2. Interesting to see where Craven first started. Great review, man. This Horror marathon of yours has been great, just one week left, keep up the good work.

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  3. thanks, it has been hard because of the range of films I have had to choose from.

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