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Last House On The Left - 3 Disc Ultimate Edition (Uncut) [1972] [DVD]

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  • Directors: Wes Craven
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Metrodome Distribution
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Aug. 2010
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001EXB3BM
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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.

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One of the true classics of modern horror cinema ... a nihilistic howl of rage -- Channel4.com

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The Last House on the Left is a sick, nasty film about evil and revenge which doesn't chicken out, except in some stupid "comic relief" scenes. It's called exploitation, but in my opinion it's less exploitive than its remake, which let its audience off the hook with a happy ending, as if to say: "all that rape and carnage you just saw? Don't worry about that, all the goodies got away! Now go home and sleep easy".
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.
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As far as I'm concerned, this superb two disc DVD release of 'The Last House On The Left' is almost just as good as the film itself, which is a cult classic, and the first movie to be written and directed by Horror God Wes Craven.

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.
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Mr. Kermode, compare (objectively) the content of 'Last House', which you have defended in print, with that of 'Captivity' (2007), and judge which is more extreme/'miss-sog/inistic'? You have become a horror-reactionary, now run off and re-watch 'Cronos'.
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It took a while to like this film over time it won me over it's the two girls what they go through still get to me today better than the remake yes it's a old film better than the horror films of today.
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The film which brought Wes Craven to the attention of the horror movie world, "Last House on the Left" (originally "Night of Vengeance") is an enigmatically titled reworking of Ingmar Bergman's classic "The Virgin Spring" - for 'reworking' read 'dumbed down'.
In its day (released in 1972, shot earlier), it was seen as a horrific gore fest and was denounced as un-American. As has been frequently pointed out, the visceral images from the film were hardly as disturbing as the daily diet of television news from Vietnam which the American public were then watching. For some reason it was seen as going too far, as being too violent for its time ... and the notoriety meant it sold and sold and earned a cult reputation which can appear a little surprising by contemporary standards.
Originally envisaged as a hard-core porn movie which would push the boundaries, "Last House on the Left" evolved into purist horror during the shooting (or maybe the editing). It presents two young women heading off from rural Connecticut into New York city to watch a band called 'Blood Lust'. It's Mary's 17th birthday, she's lovely and innocent, and this is her first real excursion to the big city. Her friend, and obviously a corrupting influence, leads her astray ... and they find themselves kidnapped by a couple of guys newly escaped from prison ... or rather, by a couple of guys and their two hangers on.
The gang take the girls back to Connecticut, coincidentally parking up outside Mary's home, and take the girls for a walk in the woods. I use 'walk in the woods' euphemistically. Mary's parents will stumble on what has happened and exact their own, gory retribution.
Frankly, it's dreadful.
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