The Last House on the Left Reviews

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September 13, 2020
Impossible to recommend but equally impossible to ignore.
April 24, 2020
Unlike the first version, there is no link here between the film's discomfort and its socio-historical context. [Full review in Spanish]
April 24, 2020
Violence displayed for its own sake, without coherent dramatic development. [Full review in Spanish]
April 24, 2020
Thirty-seven years ago, Wes Craven's The Last House on the Left was groundbreaking in its use of sadistic violence. Today, it's just brutal business as usual.
April 24, 2020
This new House tries to sustain a grave, heavy sense of threat. It fails, through its villainy.
May 6, 2019
With a host of solid performances, this should have been better. The script doesn't bring any of Craven's ingenuity, opting to replace it with a ride on the shock express.
August 8, 2017
The Last House on the Left is perhaps best seen as a reminder of why remakes of classic horror films almost always fail.
September 29, 2012
If you must, seek out the original to see nasty things happen to nasty people in a nasty film.
November 17, 2011
By dismembering Craven's landmark extremities, Iliadis celebrates his source for all the wrong reasons.
August 30, 2009
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 26, 2009
Unlike the Craven film, there's little of the audience implication that made these visions of violated innocence and draining retribution so troubling.
August 2, 2009
Not quite as bad as I thought it was going to be. The original was downright awful.
June 16, 2009
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
This isn't scary, just plain exploitative.
June 12, 2009
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
A dismal reminder of just how starved Hollywood studios are for good ideas.
June 12, 2009
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
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
A passable, pointless remake that's as slick as it is empty.
June 12, 2009
This is not a horror, it's a thriller and as a thriller it's moderately effective but as it a film it won't leave you feeling entertained or thrilled, just a bit uncomfortable.
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