I never saw Wes Craven's 1972 virginal horror effort " "-or to be more honest, I don't remember seeing it. For some reason I always got that movie title mixed up with "The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane", a movie I clearly remember seeing more than once. Guess Jodi Foster has always made a memorable impression on me! But if the original version of this movie was even remotely as disturbing as this new remake, I find it hard to believe I wouldn't remember seeing it.
As is always popular with teen morality movies, "The Last House on the Left" centers on the consequences of bad behavior. In this case a sweet girl, Mari, teams up with her 'wild' friend, who wants to score some weed from an out of town boy staying at a motel. He's harmless enough but when his psychopathic family returns it's curtains for the girls. The whole gang was hiding out because his father, Krug, had just been liberated from police custody by his uncle and his father's girlfriend in a bloody rampage.
While Mari's friend is beaten and knifed to death, Mari is brutally raped, shot and left for dead. Meanwhile the gang of no goods, banged up from a car accident, takes to the woods during a torrential rainstorm. Low and behold they find a lake house and a charming couple who take pity on them and take them in. But when Mari drags her damaged body home, they discover that their guest house guests are the perpetrators and the parents waste no time getting vigilante revenge.
Okay, time for me to be brutally frank. The movie is beautifully shot and well acted by all. Sara Paxton as Mari, Garret Dillahunt as Krug and Aaron Paul as Krug's brother, Francis, are particularly outstanding. But I simply CANNOT recommend this torcher porn to ANYONE! It is disturbingly graphic and violent. In fact, when it got to the retribution killings, I found I could not cheer on the torture of the villains because it was all just too much. There was no satisfaction for me and to be honest, if it weren't for my reviewing responsibility to you, I would never have gone to such a movie in the first place-much less stayed. I love horror films but I prefer my gory thrills and chills to come from the mythical monster variety not the subhuman kind.
In my opinion only the most immature of souls will find this movie entertaining. Everyone else, just don't go there.
The Last House on the Left beats 1 Red Vine out of me for effort
LADIES ROOM LOWDOWN: I took a girlfriend who loves all manner of gore but even she thought this movie was a bit much. The rape scene was particularly offensive to her. Not to be content with just a female point of view and an older female point of view at that, I asked an edgy looking young man what he thought about the movie. He just shuddered. I asked him if he would recommend it to others. His response? "I don't know. I don't think so."