Last House on the Left (1972) Movie Review

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Last House on the Left (1972)

1972 | R | Horror, Thriller, Drama, Crime
84 minutes / 1h 24min

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Last House on the Left Plot Synopsis:

On the eve of her seventeenth birthday, Mari Collingwood tells her parents that she is going to the concert of underground band Bloodlust in New York with her friend Phyllis Stone. She borrows the family's car and heads with her friend to a dangerous neighborhood in the city. Meanwhile, the sad**tic and cruel escapees Krug Stillo and Fred 'Weasel' Podowski are hidden in a hideout with their partners Sadie (Jeramie Rain) and Krug's addicted son Junior Stillo (Marc Sheffler) after killing two guards and one shepherd in their runaway. The two girls seek marijuana near the theater and meet Junior that offers some Colombian grass to them. They go to his apartment and are subdued by the criminals that rape Phyllis. On the next morning, they hide the girls in the trunk of their convertible and head to Canada. However, they have a problem with the car's rod and they stop on the road close to Mari's house. When Phyllis tries to escape, the gang stabs her to death and shots Mari after humiliating and raping them. They seek shelter in Mari's home, but during the night, her mother overhears a conversation of the criminals telling that they have killed her daughter. She tells her husband and they plot a scheme to revenge the death of their princess.

Last House on the Left (1972) Review

The Last House on the Left (1972) is written and directed by the master of horror Wes Craven. This film is a bitter, gritty, and cruel look at the victims perspective in real life crime situations. The Last House on the Left is an unrated film under the movie genres of crime drama horror with an estimated budget of $90,000 grossing $3.1 million in the US.

The Last House on the Left tells the story of two teenage girls, Mari played by Sandra Peabody and Phyllis played by Lucy Grantham, who are looking to party for one of their birthdays. They get kidnapped after looking to score smokes while in the city and the leader of the group of criminal psychopaths Krug Stillo (David Hess) has a wild and terrifying night in store for these girls who wished they had just stayed home. There is some sweet justice in the end but at what cost.

Extremely graphic shocker written and directed by Wes Craven and produced by Sean S. Cunningham featuring chainsaw killings, disembowelment, and castration. Two girls are kidnapped by a gang of escaped convicts and subjected to demeaning torture and repeated rapes before their brutal deaths. However, the convicts accidentally take refuge at their victims home only to have the girls’ parents exact revenge. Strangely compelling, this movie pushed the boundaries of acceptable horror to the limit and is not for those without a strong stomach.

The actors all did terrific jobs with their performances because felt so sorry for the girls and the family while hating each of the criminals. The scenes were shot in a way like that did not hide anything and made my skin crawl. Good for a one time watch if you can stomach it and something to remember the late Wes Craven by forever.

  • Last House on the Left Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 6
  • Overall Score: 6.24
  • IMDB: 6.0
  • MetaCritic: 6.8
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 6.3

About Last House on the Left 1972

Title: Last House on the Left
AKA: The Last House on the Left
Year: 1972
Runtime: 84 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Crime
Reviewer: Score: 3 / 5 stars Avg. Rating: 3.12/5 stars from 28,861 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 28,861 MPAA Rating: R
Last House on the Left Cast Starring: Steve Miner, David Hess, Jonathan Craven, Martin Kove, Marc Sheffler, Fred J. Lincoln, Lucy Grantham, Sandra Peabody, Jeramie Rain, Richard Towers, Cynthia Carr, Ada Washington, Marshall Anker, Ray Edwards, Anthony J. Forcelli
Last House on the Left Writers: Wes Craven, Ulla Isaksson
Last House on the Left Director: Wes Craven
Production: Hallmark Entertainment
Language: English
Country: USA