|THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT (director/writer: Wes Craven; cinematographer: Victor Hurwitz; editor: Wes Craven; music: David Hess; cast: David Hess (Krug Stillo), Jeramie Rain (Sadie), Sandra Cassell (Mari Collingwood), Lucy Grantham (Phyllis Stone), Gaylord St. James (Dr. John Collingwood), Cynthia Carr (Estelle Collingwood), Fred Lincoln (Fred 'Weasel' Podowski), Marc Sheffler (Junior Stillo), Ada Washington (Ada); Runtime: 83; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Sean Cunningham; MGM Home Entertainment/Hallmark Entertainment; 1972)|
|"It makes for an unpleasant watch."
by Dennis Schwartz
legendary film that introduced Wes Craven ("The
Serpent and the Rainbow"/"Vampire in Brooklyn"/"A
Nightmare on Elm Street"), in his directing debut, as
the master of the exploitation horror film.
It's inspired by the folklore film by Ingmar Bergman,
"The Virgin Spring."
vicious drug-addicted psychopaths (David Hess, Fred
Lincoln, Marc Sheffler and Jeramie Rain),
three prison escapees and their girlfriend, kidnap,
torture, rape and brutally murder two teenage NJ
girls, Mari (Sandra Cassell) and Phyllis (Lucy
Grantham), who were going to a rock concert in
NYC and mistakenly tried to score grass from a
stranger while still in New Jersey. They are taken to
a house and brutalized in the nearby woods by the
monsters. When the gruesome foursome seeks refuge,
they conveniently show up at the doorsteps of one of
the victim's homes. Her parents, Dr. and
Mrs. Collingwood (Gaylord St. James
& Cynthia Carr),
get their savage revenge on the killers.
makes for an unpleasant watch.
offensive cult film has become a landmark in bad taste
REVIEWED ON 2/9/2016 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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