Last House on the Left

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Its visceral brutality is more repulsive than engrossing, but The Last House on the Left nevertheless introduces director Wes Craven as a distinctive voice in horror.

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Teenagers Mari (Sandra Cassel) and Phyllis (Lucy Grantham) head to the city for a concert, then afterward go looking for drugs. Instead, they find a gang of escaped convicts who subject them to a night of torture and rape. The gang then kills the girls in the woods, not realizing they're near Mari's house. When they pose as salesmen and are taken in by Mari's mother (Cynthia Carr) and father (Gaylord St. James), it doesn't take the parents long to figure out their identities and plot revenge.

Cast & Crew

Sandra Cassel
Mari Collingwood
Lucy Grantham
Phyllis Stone
David Hess
Krug Stillo
F.J. Lincoln
Fred 'Weasel' Podowski
Marc Sheffler
Junior Stillo
Gaylord St. James
Dr. John Collingwood
Cynthia Carr
Estelle Collingwood
Ada Washington
Ada, chicken coop truck driver
Katherine D'Amato
Associate Producer
Steve Dwork
Assistant Producer
Steve Miner
Assistant Producer
David Hess
Original Music
Steve Chapin
Original Music
Victor Hurwitz
Cinematographer
Wes Craven
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Critic Reviews for The Last House on the Left

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  • It isn't artistically adroit, but if success in this genre is counted by squirms, it's a success.

    September 26, 2007 | Full Review…
  • Craven's cold, flat style of filming emphasises the fact that the violence dehumanises not only the victims but the aggressors.

    February 9, 2006 | Full Review…

    Nigel Floyd

    Time Out
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  • The party who wrote this sickening tripe and also directed the inept actors is Wes Craven.

    May 9, 2005 | Full Review…
  • A tough, bitter little sleeper of a movie that's about four times as good as you'd expect.

    October 23, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The film, to its credit, details both the initial acts of violation and the revenge that ensues as similarly de-humanising and reprehensible.

    April 17, 2001 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    David Wood

    BBC.com
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  • Beyond clumsy and amateurish, Craven dispenses with such niceties as plot logic and character development .

    August 21, 2020 | Rating: 5.1/10 | Full Review…

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