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The Last House on the Left (2009)

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41

Average Rating: 4.8/10
Reviews Counted: 149
Fresh: 61 | Rotten: 88

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

41

Average Rating: 4.5/10
Critic Reviews: 34
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 20

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

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Average Rating: 2.7/5
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The night she arrives at the remote Collingwood lakehouse, Mari and her friend are kidnapped by a prison escapee and his crew. Terrified and left for dead, Mari's only hope is to make it back to parents John and Emma. Unfortunately, her attackers unknowingly seek shelter at the one place she could be safe. And when her family learns the horrifying story, they will make three strangers curse the day they came to "The Last House on the Left."

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Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense

Carl Ellsworth

Aug 18, 2009

$32.7M

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All Critics (152) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (61) | Rotten (88) | DVD (16)

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.

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

March 16, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture | Comments (2)
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It's that first 30 minutes that ruin this movie.

March 16, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies | Comments (3)
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Boy, words can not express how much I just loathe and detest this movie.

March 16, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies | Comments (6)
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In the end, like virtually every other remake that has been released recently, it's polished and predictable.

March 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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A shockingly mundane disappointment taken on its own and a deeply misguided refraction of the original.

March 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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If you must, seek out the original to see nasty things happen to nasty people in a nasty film.

September 29, 2012 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
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The remake deviates from its source material, giving something new for fans of the original to enjoy/moan about, and employ some imagination with a few of the killings.

March 1, 2011 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

An utterly stellar revenge picture...

May 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

As remakes go, Last House On The Left is at least a decent addition to the 1972 classic.

April 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire
Fan The Fire

This version is a capably, confidently, and chillingly effective opportunity to place ourselves in the worst possible shoes for a length of time.

December 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinematical
Cinematical

Remaking Last House on the Left seemed like a dubious proposition at best...yet somehow the new HOUSE works better than expected.

October 22, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinefantastique
Cinefantastique

... superior [to the original] in that it makes clear the conflicting justification and degradation of the retaliation, establishing a grayer level of morality.

September 16, 2009 Full Review Source: DVD Review
DVD Review

What's most disappointing about the 2009 version is that it strips all the moral ambiguity from the 1972 original of the same name.

August 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Washington Times
Washington Times

Unlike the Craven film, there's little of the audience implication that made these visions of violated innocence and draining retribution so troubling.

August 26, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

Not quite as bad as I thought it was going to be. The original was downright awful.

August 2, 2009 Full Review Source: CNNRadio | Comments (2)
CNNRadio

Given my particular distaste for both remakes and rape-revenge movies, I was as surprised as anyone to find that this is a better horror movie than it probably should be.

June 19, 2009 Full Review Source: CampBlood.org
CampBlood.org

The new version is tamer than the original but still dwells unpleasantly on the daughter's rape; this made me ill-disposed towards the ensuing scenes of violent payback.

June 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

This isn't scary, just plain exploitative.

June 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Observer [UK] | Comments (2)
Observer [UK]

in its way [the film] out-Hanekes Haneke (without feeling like a lecture), by confronting us in the end with what we expected (and possibly also desired) all along from this kind of movie.

June 15, 2009 Full Review Source: musicOMH.com
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A grimly effective new version of the notorious Last House On The Left.

June 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

This year's model, lacking any meaningful context of its own, is reactionary, conservative - existing purely as a slick commercial venture, more grisly grist to the multiplex mill.

June 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4

A dismal reminder of just how starved Hollywood studios are for good ideas.

June 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Times [UK] | Comments (2)
Times [UK]

The narrative structure is ingenious and sexual assault is at least shown as having dramatic and human consequences of some sort, if only in the context of revenge. Wasn't the original movie enough?

June 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

This clanging cover version believes in nothing, not even its own nihilism, and the horrors it portrays leave us colder, but not wiser.

June 12, 2009
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Audience Reviews for The Last House on the Left

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.
October 3, 2012
ApeneckFletcher

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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.
April 20, 2012
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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.
April 3, 2012
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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As remakes go I don't this one faired too badly, but then again there are not many movies as good as the original to work with. Similar to the likes of "I Spit On Your Grave" this movie puts the audience in the hands of the victims and not the killers, as those they have harmed literally reap bloody revenge. I like this spin on films, whereby you're actually rooting for the good guys for once. Convincing acting, memorably horrific storyline and great suspense, this is one movie that I am happy was remade, even though I still think the original is better, but hey, I'm a purist.
October 5, 2011
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