The Last House on the Left (1972) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

The Last House on the Left (1972)

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  • Release Date:  1972
  • Genre:  Home Invasion & Survival, Splatter
  • Director:  Wes Craven
  • Screenwriter:  Wes Craven
  • Cast & Crew: Sandra Peabody, Lucy Grantham, David Hess, Fred J. Lincoln, Jeramie Rain, Marc Sheffler, Richard Towers, Cynthia Carr, Ada Washington, Marshall Anker, Martin Kove, Ray Edwards

The Last House on the Left (1972)Rating:

  • Dylan = 9 / 10;
  • Eloise = 6 / 10;
  • Raoul = 7.5 / 10;
  • Ronan = 7 / 10;
  • IMDB = 6 / 10

The Last House on the Left (1972) Synopsis:

Four criminals on the road kidnap two young girls from a quiet town and commit multiple atrocities on them.

The Last House on the Left (1972) Review:

The Last House on the Left is a 70’s classic and the first film by master of horror Wes Craven. This film is actually very different from Craven’s other films (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream, etc.) which tend to be addressed to a large public. This one, with its truly shocking and disturbing aspect, is more of a genre film. It was actually censored in many countries.

The story is quite light, nothing exceptional on that side. The real strength of the movie comes from the atrocities that are committed all along the 80 min of the film. In that, it reminded me a lot of other exploitation films from the same period such as “I Spit on your Grave” or the original “Texas Chainsaw Massacre”.

The madness of the four killers is especially intense. They go really far and they might actually be the meanest, cruelest and craziest killers ever depicted in an horror film; everything they do is completely without reason but out of pure pleasure. The scenes in the woods are especially unbearable. In that, the actors did a wonderful job a playing the sickest characters ever invented.

The soundtrack and sound effects are particularly noticeable, sometimes they are great, sometimes they are too intense and kind of distract the viewer from the action, fewer times, they are totally weird…adding to the disturbing aspect of the film.

Now whether to recommend this film or not is a tricky question, and a matter of taste. I personally found it great, well-paced and shocking, especially the final part with the parents. But it is definitely not one for the faint-hearted.

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