Scene: Two words: Chainsaw Fight.
Specs: Widescreen letterbox enhanced for 16:9 TVs, Dolby
Digital Sound, English, French and Spanish subtitles.
Last House on the Left has must-see written all over
it for the horror fanboy. Written and directed by Wes (Nightmare
on Elm Street) Craven, and produced by Sean (Friday
the 13th) Cunningham, Last House will surprise
even the most jaded horrorphile with brutality and sheer
as much a horror picture as an exploitation-style revenge
flick along the lines of I Spit On Your Grave, Last House's
lineage has even bluer blood than that of Craven and Cunningham.
As Craven explains in the featurette, Last House on the
Left is his rewrite of Ingmar Bergman's The Virgin
suburban girls on their way to a concert get picked up by
a carload of psychos on a tear that make Mickey and Mallory's
run look like The Sugarland Express. Frankly the
only reason this picture gets filed in the horror section
stems from the haunting feeling the film leaves with the
viewer. Every assault simultaneously violates and implicates
the viewer until you are left on the couch unsure of what
to think of yourself or the film.
picture itself benefits from the rawness of an extremely
talented amateur work, which is essentially what it is.
For folks that have already experienced this movie there
are plenty of great extras, including a classic trailer
and recent interviews with most of the people involved in
making the film.
extras let us in on much of the behind the scenes process
- some of which I almost wish I hadn't learned. Namely that
Sandra Cassel did not wear any tubes under her pants in
one of the films prime moments. The "Forbidden Footage"
disappoints as it consists simply of raw footage from the
more intense scenes without the audio track.
the picture should interest anyone who has enjoyed any of
Craven's films or really wants to test their mettle against
one of the most mentally gruesome pictures ever made. A
date movie this ain't, but it is a must see for indie film
geeks and a must own for Craven fans.
Last House on the Left