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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. Read critic reviews

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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.

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Sandra Cassel
Mari Collingwood
Lucy Grantham
Phyllis Stone
David Hess
Krug Stillo
Fred 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
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Steve Dwork
Assistant Producer
Steve Miner
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David Hess
Original Music
Steve Chapin
Original Music
Victor Hurwitz
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Wes Craven
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Critic Reviews for Last House on the Left

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  • Apr 05, 2021
    A quartet of loony killers accidentally visit the parents of their most recent victim - where else would they go? - in this kitschy piece that also works as a sort of retrospective - and condemnation - of the burgeoning hippie aesthetic of the early 1970s. Wes Craven liberally sprinkles shock value in his Renfield-styled homage redo of Virgin Spring with an sniggering adolescent brand of humor; think back-of-the-school-bus level of material, which perversely adds to the horror rather than tempers it. As well there is a Laurel and Hardy pair of police to perversely flavor the already altogether unsavory mix. It did usher in a new brand of horror, and give Craven name recognition, however dubious the distinction.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Jun 19, 2016
    Exploitation is supposed to be fun, but there is no fun here unless you get off on seeing vile scenes of rape and brutality, and the movie is so trashy and tonally awful that it becomes bizarre the way it combines all that ugly violence with a ridiculous, childish sense of humor.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 04, 2016
    Tries way too hard to shock and disturb. This is a curious and quite strange film, that I'm sure will convince many people that it's really about so much......ah you know.......insightful and um important stuff. I didn't get it. And I'd frankly be suspicious of anyone who says they do.
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  • Apr 26, 2015
    In terms of horror, The Last House On The Left is very good but in terms of Wes Craven, its really quite bad. It's forgiveable because he went on to do great things with his camera but its really strange to watch this film because it feels so unlike anything else he's ever done. As a debut, it feels like hes experimenting with things that fortunately didnt really work out. The story is intriguing but its extremely tasteless from start to finish and does its best to make its audience squirm rather than actually captivate them.
    Harry W Super Reviewer

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