The Last House on the Left
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Bold, powerful and starkly realistic, this chilling cinematic debut of horror master Wes Craven (Scream) is a shocking journey into the heart of evil. Written and directed with almost unbearable dramatic tension (Chicago Sun-Times), The Last House on th
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It's also a random movie. Frustratingly so, if you think about it too long. I don't mean the movie is randomly put together, I mean the story is frustratingly realistic in how random it is. Like all the awful things you hear about on the news and think to yourself how random it was, that's how this movie is. And its just a small part of its genius. It is also a horror movie which has no traditional villain or heroes. Yes, you naturally root for the girls who end up in this awful predicament, but you also can't completely dismiss the fact that they bring it on themselves by both a) seeking out drugs from strangers in a run-down part of town, and b) willingly enter said strangers apartment. Does it excuse the shocking things that are subsequently done to these two young girls? No. But my point is that Wes Craven does not give us cookie cutter versions of good and evil here. There is no masked maniac randomly attacking helpless teens. These are girls who willingly put themselves into a terrible situation that completely unravels on them. As for the group of bandits the girls run into? Yes, on the surface, they are what most people would call the bad guys, and they (make no mistake about it) do very bad things to these girls, but they also have well developed characters and you feel a sense of community and desperation among them. They feel like real people who simply took a few wrong turns and just keep making bad decisions.
When the movie begins, with a shower scene and nudity from our main character (which sort of tells you the sort of movie you're watching, when there is a shower scene during the opening credits), after which she appears before her parents in a skin tight shirt with no bra, you start to abandon the idea that she is a purely innocent character. Then she convinces her friend to find drugs before attending the concert they're going to see, and to go into the apartment of complete strangers to do so. This is where our story really begins. It just happens that the apartment is occupied by a group of crooks on the run from the police, and so they can't let the girls go, for fear of being exposed. The group leader realizes pretty quickly they'll need to kill the girls, but not in the city, and not before they have some fun with them first. You can imagine where this goes, but honestly, it goes further. An extended sequence of shocking violence ensues, with everything from rape, torture and murder taking place. But why this movie is so enduring is that almost immediately after these events take place in the film, even as the audience is disgusted and outraged at what they just witnessed, the crooks who just completed those acts become equally disgusted with themselves. Its not spoken. It's not overly obvious or explored to death, but for the remainder of the film, the crooks are obviously shaken by how far they went and by what they just did to two (mostly) innocent girls. And yes, the desire for justice and revenge fuels the rest of the film, as the crooks seek shelter and by pure, ironic happenstance, end up at the house of one of the girls parents.
Yes, you read that right; the house they end up at happens to be the house of the parents of one of the girls they just raped and murdered. Genius. The third act then becomes a fantastic build up of tension, as the crooks deal emotionally with what they did in the woods, and as we the audience anticipate what will happen when the crooks and the parents of the slain girl realize their awful, ironic connection. A true masterpiece in horror that should not be missed by any avid horror fan, but could understandably be skipped by people turned off by the premise. Just know its a deliberately shocking film, but that the shocking events within have a purpose.
Hess in different old horror movies. I got this on Blu-Ray. Better sound and picture than the VHS tapes.
Also features and commentary. I watch this occasionally but in the end I love.