Last House On The Left - 3 Disc Ultimate Edition (Uncut)  [DVD]
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Hailed by critics as one of the greatest horror movies of all time and now fully Uncut and Uncensored: dare you enter The Last House On The Left? Teenagers Mari and Phyllis stop off before heading to a concert in the city to score some grass when they are accosted by a group of thugs led by the reprehensible and deeply psychotic Krug. While Mari's parents are just a mile away preparing a party for their daughter, the two girls are subjected to the most terrifying ordeal imaginable. With his male and female cohorts, the monstrous Krug delivers a grueling catalogue of assault and depravity on the two girls that stretches the bounds of on-screen horror to its very limits. Only after the girls' suffering is ended does the enormity of their actions dawn upon the villainous gang. But for them the nightmare is just beginning: the house they happen upon to spend the night is one from which they may never leave alive. From master of horror Wes Craven comes a film so powerful, so shocking that it has never been permitted in its complete and uncut form in the UK... until now.
One of the true classics of modern horror cinema ... a nihilistic howl of rage -- Channel4.com
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in the early 80s i watched a lot of "video nasties" (all the usual suspects texas chainsaw...,evil dead,i spit on yr grave,driller killer,cannibal ferox etcetc ad nauseum) but i never saw this one. so i was really intrigued to see how it would stack up nowadays after the considerable fuss n hype had long since departed
pretty well i think apart from a few minor caveats ( the jarring cop comedy moments w the guy from Cagney n Lacey for instance). i thought the
gang was suitably grubby n nasty (esp the 2nd in command porn- star-actor "Weasel" who was particularly chilling) although i thought Krugs girlfriend Sadie was really cute for some reason. the girls were sympathetic n not too goody goody the forced sex between them was quite moving in the way the more "street wise" Phyllis handled the by now almost totally gone Mari...Krugs final execution of Mari with the music soundtrack as she wanders into the slimy lake like a post-hippy pre-Raphaelite Opheilia adds a real pathos to the grain n grind of the earlier scenes of torture n humiliation ( "piss your pants!") thats confusingly almost ...dare i say it beautiful.
i think this is a great movie in a way that the likes of i spit on your grave for example isnt.
In this modern re-telling of Ingmar Bergman's The Virgin Spring two teenage girls, Mari Collingwood (Sandra Cassel) and Phyllis Stone (Lucy Grantham), try to score some weed and in the film's most difficult scenes are captured, raped and murdered by Krug (David A. Hess), his son Junior (Marc Sheffler), Weasel (Fred Lincoln) and Sadie (Jeramie Rain), a gang of escaped convicts. Junior is the only human member. He's a pathetic wretch who's been mentally cowed since birth and hooked on heroin by his cretinous dad, a man so vile he'd make Freddy Kreuger blush. Their horrible deeds done, the gang unwittingly seek refuge with Mari's parents, John (Gaylord St. James) and Estelle (Cynthia Carr), who discover their crimes and take gruesome vengeance.
What Mari and Phyllis suffer is so heartbreaking that we find ourselves in league with the elder Collingwoods, even if we can't see ourselves doing what they do. They're a nice, middle-class couple who chide their daughter for using words like "tits" and wince at the idea of her seeing Bloodlust, a violent rock band. If you knew them you'd never in a million years imagine them committing brutal slaughter, but they do, because fate and their grief makes them sadists.
The one major problem with this film is tone. There's a sheriff (Marshall Anker) and deputy (Martin Kove) who try reaching John and Estelle while events unfold. Their scenes are full of corny slapstick and belong in a very different story. Imagine The Texas Chainsaw Massacre intercut with Laurel and Hardy clips and you'll get how inappropriate they are. Even some of the killers' early scenes feel comic. They sometimes look and act like John Waters characters; Sadie has a touch of Divine about her. I guess writer/director Wes Craven was going for satire, but satire of what escapes me. He's closer to the mark when he intercuts clips of John and Estelle's domestic bliss with Mari's suffering.
Last House is a nauseating film which left me in need of a drink and a lie down. But for the most part it's also honest and structured like a tragedy. The Jacobeans might have understood this film.
It's compulsively watchable, realistic and suspenseful, with real brutal honestly that is sadly often lacking in today's horror films, where the violence can often come over as ridiculous and cartoon like. I disagree with people who say that it remains as shocking as it ever was, it is undeniably nasty, but quite tame I think in comparison to films that have followed. However, at the time of it's release in 1972, I don't doubt that it most certainly would have been seen as very shocking. It was, after all, banned in the UK for 30 years.
The script could sometimes use a little bit of work, but I think that the gritty and realistic performances from the cast make up for that. As the story goes, teenage friends Mari and Phyllis go to the "big city" to see their favourite rock band play. Along the way they meet recently escaped convict Krug, who invites the girls to his digs where he and his gang inside lock them in. The next day, they end up in the forest, but what follows next I won't say.
All too often the word 'classic' is overused, but I do honestly think that 'Last House On The Left' deserves such a title, and there is lots to like about it. As well as a good plot that will keep you watching, there are even a few light hearted moments, particularly from the comical Sheriff character and his deputy. I particularly enjoyed hearing some genuinely good music, including the original song 'The Road Leads To Nowhere' by David Hess, who even stars in the film itself as Krug. As a former media student, I couldn't help but notice the beautiful cinematography as well as the slick editing, which some low budget horrors of today should take more notice of.
Well, that's the film, but I also must also briefly talk about what a brilliant DVD release this is. The extras are fascinating, from an audio commentary from Wes Craven and producer Sean S. Cunningham, and a separate one with it's stars David Hess, Marc Sheffler and Fred Lincoln, to a forty minute featurette with all the aforementioned people, and a documentary which charts the film's theatrical UK tour. But that's not all, there are even some out-takes (something you rarely see for a movie of this age), TV and radio spots, and a rare alternative cut of the film which makes it's debut on DVD here amongst lots of other things. With a comprehensive 24 page booklet, this is a master-class in what a good two disc DVD set should be like.
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