The Last House on the Left (2009)

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Critic Consensus: Excessive and gory, this remake lacks the intellectual punch of the 1972 original.

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Renowned horror director Wes Craven returns to the scene of the most notorious thrillers of all time in this darkly disturbing Unrated reimagining of The Last House on the Left. After kidnapping and ruthlessly assaulting two teen girls, a sadistic killer and his gang unknowingly find shelter from a storm at the home of one of the victim's parents-- two ordinary people who will go to increasingly gruesome extremes to get revenge. Loaded with shocking twists guaranteed to leave you on edge, it's the ominous film critics call, "One of the best horror remakes ever made" (Scott Weinberg, Fearnet.com). See what was too shocking for theaters.
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R (for sadistic brutal violence including a rape and disturbing images, language, nudity and some drug use)
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Drama , Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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Cast

Sara Paxton
as Mari Collingwood
Tony Goldwyn
as John Collingwood
Monica Potter
as Emma Collingwood
Joshua Cox
as Giles
Aaron Paul
as Francis
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Critic Reviews for The Last House on the Left

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November 16, 2011
Time Out
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Dennis Iliadis's remake retains its ferocious power and provocative themes, and thanks to a focused script that unfolds in real time, it ratchets up the suspense and sucks us into a remorseless cycle of violence and revenge.

Full Review… | June 12, 2009
Time Out
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Extremely entertaining if you don't mind being morally corrupted at every juncture.

Full Review… | March 16, 2009
New York Magazine/Vulture
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It's that first 30 minutes that ruin this movie.

March 16, 2009
At the Movies
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Boy, words can not express how much I just loathe and detest this movie.

Full Review… | March 16, 2009
At the Movies
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In the end, like virtually every other remake that has been released recently, it's polished and predictable.

Full Review… | March 13, 2009
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for The Last House on the Left

½

Visceral walk in the woods of a tale with three parts: first the set-up, wherein a happy family visits their isolated woodland retreat; second, introduction of seriously sicko bad guys (including the perversely Hitchcockian you-are-accessory-to-the-crimes-simply-because-you-like-to-watch angle), and lastly, the happy family's REVENGE. Fun for the entire family? No.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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½

[img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon13.gif[/img] I have very peculiar, mixed and sort of concerned feelings about this film. 2009's Friday the 13th was a remake that was worth doing because the original had almost no redeeming features about it. Although a cash in it was surprisingly good for what it was. However I must also applaud it for being greater than this remake. Interestingly, the original 1972 classic "Last House on the Left" was trashily made, abandoned of a consistent tone and was essentialy an extremely unpleasant film to watch. It was famous for being one of the most controversial members of the "video nasties" in 1982 which were a collection of gritty and repugnant films that were deemed dangerous for a human being to watch. Even though it was badly made, it remains a historical artifact about challenging the boundaries and attacking censorship and like I said that it all added up to a very unpleasant, horrible, disgusting experience. The remake of The Last House on the Left doesn't have any point to exist other than one, money. It's a finely directed, impressively acted and highly scrubbed and polished piece of work. But it has no excuse for existing. It's not a bad film but it's actually more extravagant, silly and sympathetic than the original because it promotes the idea of salvation over violence. But much more harshly and importantly the original film's message to the viewer was; violence creates violence.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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Interesting remake of Wes Craven's 1972 film, The Last House on the Left. I view Craven's original film as an exploitation horror classic that pushed the boundaries of good taste. With that said, this remake is still pretty disturbing and delivers some brutal scenes of revenge mayhem. I much preferred the original film of course, but as a remake, this film isn't bad. As a remake of the original, I thought that this film was pretty good. The film improves on Wes Craven's film in some respects. The film is better than most remakes, but as a whole you'd be better off to stick with the classic film. Nothing can beat Craven's debut. This film has plenty of good, effective moments of tension and is a revenge flick. However there is something missing to really make it stand out above Craven's film, and since this is a remake; it really can't be as good as the original. There's some good performances and like I said, considering the whole remake factor, that's saying a lot. The film has its faults, but for the most part it succeeds at being an effective horror flick, and one that stands out among the better remakes that have come out in recent memory. If you've enjoyed the original, then give this version a shot. The film is definitely worth checking out, and despite its flaws, has something that will definitely appeal to horror fans. For a remake, this film is watchable and definitely a step above the traditional Asian horror remakes.

Alex roy
Alex roy

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