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The Last House on the Left (2009)Rating:
- Eloise = 8 / 10;
- Raoul = 6 / 10;
The Last House on the Left (2009) 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 (2009) Review:
This film is a remake of the Wes Carven’s exploitation film The Last House of the Left, released in 1974. With this film, Dennis Iliadis took the easy path by toning down the violence of the film as compared to the original. This one is obviously aimed at a much larger audience and tends to avoid the over-shocking scenes that resulted in the ban of the original movies in so many countries.
This said, the film still remains quite shocking, including multiple gruesome murders and a raping scene. The four criminals are really mean and cruel, and overall commit a lot of sick things for no reason at all. These characters are also quite well-developed, and have a more of a human aspect than the beat-like characters depicted in the 1974’s version. I found this, as well as the fate of the main girl, to make this film too much of a thriller, forgetting the shocking aspect that made the success of the original.
The story however is great, very similar to the original but with a few additions here and there that makes it a little more captivating. I didn’t like so much the actors choosen to play the criminals, but Sara Paxton (The Innkeepers, Shark Night 3D) as the main victim was quite good, and gave a lot of credibility to the film.
I personally would recommend this remake as a good stand-alone movie. People who haven’t seen the original are in for a good horror moment. However, those who loved the disturbing atmosphere of the original (like me), will probably be really disappointed by the diluted tone of it.