The Last House on the Left Reviews
This was a really good movie that was more tame than I was expecting (mind you expectations were set very high due to the publicity and reputation that film has garnered), but I'm sure it was extremely shocking 47 years ago (evidenced by the protestors and censorship that was levied on the film). It's an epic tale of revenge for the parents of their slain daughter. My only pet peeve is with the music/score. This movie could have easily been a 4* if they had done a better job with the music/score selection, plus better decisions re when to use music and when to have none. Most of the music in the film sounds like it's out of Sesame Street, which is day and night different from this dark exploitation horror film. There were some really really tense scenes that were interrupted by comical sounding songs. That really got to me after it happened 3-4 times as it really definitely became a distraction and took away from the terror being portrayed onscreen. But other than that there are no complaints for this classic. Wes Craven (who for his movie wrote, directed and edited it) did a great job of providing context/depth in act 1 for the shocking events that follow. That really helps you get invested into the fates of the young girls as well for the revenge that follows that. It's a shock that this classic was made for under $90,000. Wes Craven, a horror aster, did a splendid job on his first movie. I would recommend this movie to every hardcore horror fan, but newbies may want to stay away, especially if they can't stomach a woman peeing her pants (which she actually did for real during filming of the scene), young girls being gutted and killed, rape and torture.
Now this movie as obvious and plentiful flaws as well. The first 20 minutes or so of the film are super stilted. Although the actors playing the parents aren't given particularly great dialogue, they don't do a whole lot with it either. The movie is so cut up and diced by individual censors certain cuts make you sure that you've missed something. The ending, at least to me, feels kind of silly and forced.
The real power in this movie lies in the middle, and surprisingly despite the inexperience of the actors I think the performances of the primary cast are very strong. Especially Krug who really carries the movie the whole way.
This is not an easy movie to watch, but it is one you will not forget.