The Last House on the Left (1972)
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Average Rating: 5.2/10
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Wes Craven's first film was a crude but shocking horror opus that, like George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead (1968), became a grind house hit largely because it went much further than terror films before it had been willing to go. Often compared to Ingmar Bergman's stark medieval rape drama The Virgin Spring (1960) (though one wonders whether this was influence or just coincidence), Last House on the Left follows a group of teenage girls heading into the city when they hook up with a gang
Aug 30, 1972 Wide
Aug 27, 2002
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It isn't artistically adroit, but if success in this genre is counted by squirms, it's a success.
Craven's cold, flat style of filming emphasises the fact that the violence dehumanises not only the victims but the aggressors.
The party who wrote this sickening tripe and also directed the inept actors is Wes Craven.
A depraved exploitation film specifically designed to shock and repulse viewers...also a cultural artifact reflective of and reactive to the time it was made... [Blu-ray]
The exceedingly low-rent production values subsequently ensure that the more overtly horrific elements within Craven's script often fall completely flat...
An ugly, disturbing, passionately conceived cult favorite, Last House on the Left is much more complex (albeit crudely made) than its controversial reputation would suggest.
if one is not disgusted enough to stop watching, one is left wishing that the movie would show more than it does
A estúpida tentativa de combinar cenas de violęncia realista com outras de humor pedestre anula o impacto do filme e nos leva a questionar a sanidade do jovem Craven.
Introduced a sadism that lurks beneath the surface of Craven's work to this day. It's not fun, as horror should be; it's amoral, and you leave it feeling sickened and dirty.
a supremely schizophrenic movie, alternating awkward scenes of bad comedy with gruesome and unsettling moments of violence that reach a nasty level of documentary realism
Back in 1972, Wes Craven's feature-film debut The Last House on the Left pushed more than a few puritanical buttons.
The film, to its credit, details both the initial acts of violation and the revenge that ensues as similarly de-humanising and reprehensible.
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