Last House on the Left
Reviewed by Jun 10th, 2009

The video store finally got this, so I couldn’t resist picking up a copy, after all I’ve heard about it. And I have to say I was pretty disappointed.

The acting wasn’t nearly as bad as I’d expected, but the good points end there. The story isn’t bad, it’s just nothing spectacular. And it’s totally not something you’d expect from Wes Craven, though the fact that Sean Cunningham produced it isn’t surprising.

The movie begins with two teenage girls on their way to a concert. They decide they have time to look for marijuana before they go, so they step into a shady-looking club and find a wimpy junkie who’s looking for victims for his cronies.

There’s nothing too unexpected from that point on. Krug (David Hess) and his pals rape, beat up, and kill the girls, and conveniently end up at the home of one of the girls. The parents find out, and madness ensues. The feel of this movie is kind of like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, but TCM had infinitely more interesting characters. The villians were quirky, but I think it would’ve been to the benefit of the music if Craven had playedup the quirkiness. It does have a few fairly powerful moments, but it seemed kind of like an exercise in making rape and murder dull and uninteresting. This was helped by the wretchedly out-of-place soundtrack. There are scenes where people are getting tortured, and this upbeat song with twanging guitars starts playing. The intensity of many scenes was upstaged by the rediculous music. While I don’t consider a bad movie, I do think its faults outnumbered its good points.

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