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

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Mari and her friend look forward to a holiday at the remote Collingwood lakehouse, but instead an escaped convict (Garret Dillahunt) and his crew kidnap them and later leave them for dead. Mari makes her way back home, where her parents, John (Tony Goldwyn) and Emma (Monica Potter), have unwittingly offered shelter to the thugs. When John and Emma find out what happened to their daughter, they decide to make the strangers rue the day they harmed Mari.

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Critic Reviews for The Last House on the Left

All Critics (167) | Top Critics (49) | Fresh (71) | Rotten (96)

  • Director Dennis Iliadis polishes up Craven's template to a lethal shine.

    April 24, 2020 | Full Review…
  • By dismembering Craven's landmark extremities, Iliadis celebrates his source for all the wrong reasons.

    November 17, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A dismal reminder of just how starved Hollywood studios are for good ideas.

    June 12, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 2/5

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  • Oct 14, 2012
    Nothing much going for it other than the gory bits, As the film fails with a poorly told script and acting.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Jul 19, 2012
    This movie is really bloody and sometimes shocking, and it has a couple of average strong performances, even if it doesn't stand out for horror movies. There's death, theres rape, there's shock and there IS a lot of blood, but to me this is thriller, not so much horror, but thriller in a gory way. The final scene of the movie stands out, really gory but graphic, still really violent movie, and I think you should check it out if you like being shocked.
    Angel G Super Reviewer
  • Apr 19, 2012
    [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 C Super Reviewer
  • Apr 01, 2012
    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 r Super Reviewer

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