A wasted opportunity...a terrible film! :
I absolutely hate the "Nightmare on Elm Street" movies and have considered Wes Craven to be the most overrated directors of all time.
But I read in several places that his directorial debut, "The Last House on the Left" was supposed to be his best effort and far better than his later movies.
After reading the movie synopsis, it seemed promising enough and so I decided to watch this movie. But I was in for a disappointment, to find a great premise for a film (which is a rip-off of Ingmar Bergman's 'The Virgin Spring'), wasted completely.
There are several reasons why the film is utterly tasteless..
To name a few of its bad qualities...there's some terrible, terrible acting..with the exception of perhaps David Hess who aptly plays a sick, demented rapist. There is a completely out-of-place soundtrack and background score, which is far from the mood that any particular scene is supposed to create!! I mean, if it's gotta be a shock thriller, then there has to be a creepy soundtrack to complement it. But what you get is a cheerful 70s style score instead, playing in the background as the brutal events in this "movie" unfold! The much touted "graphic" violence is mostly off-screen and not much is actually shown..what we get is more of the crappy soundtrack (electronic PC speaker-like sound for stabbing?!?! Gimme a break!) and the moments AFTER the brutality has actually happened.
And did I mention the completely unnatural sequences and mannerisms from the characters?? The reaction and the subsequent actions of the parents of the brutally raped/murdered girl are so unnatural, I don't know whether to blame it on the bad acting or the bad direction.
Oh..and the icing on this stale and tacky cake is the totally unnecessary comical acts of the two bungling cops! (good grief!) Did we really need that in a shock thriller/horror whatever-you-may-wanna-call-it movie? And why use them as fillers in this already concise movie with a running length of not more than 85 minutes?
These really ridiculous comic scenes have some more of that stupid music playing in the background!
All in all, there is absolutely nothing in this movie that can give it the tag of being dark or shocking!
This is a wasted opportunity..a premise that would've made a great picture, had it been handled by a more talented director.