Before horror fans Saw the current wave of shockers featuring fiercely Hostel villains, Wes Craven delivered this "important genre landmark" (Science Fiction Horror and Fantasy Film Review) that's thrilling, disturbing, action-packed and filled with unrelenting terror.
On their way to a rock concert, two teenagers (Sandra Cassel and Lucy Grantham) are kidnapped by a gang of escaped convicts. Although they put up the fight of their lives, the girls are drugged, tossed in a car trunk and driven into the woods by the savage, murderous gang... only to wake up to a horror they could not have imagined. Filled with shocks, twists, turns and action, this knuckle-whitening film "never lets us out from under almost unbearable dramatic tension."(Roger Ebert)
**Unrated Feature Blu-ray
**Audio Commentary by Director Wes Craven and Producer Sean Cunningham
**Audio Commentary with Actors David Hess, Marc Sheffler and Fred Lincoln
**Still Standing: The Legacy of The Last House on the Left Featurette with Wes Craven
**Celluloid Crime of the Century Documentary
**Scoring Last House Featurette
**Tales That'll Tear Your Heart Out Unfinished Short Film by Wes Craven
**Deleted Scene: Mari Dying at the Lake
**It's Only a Movie Featurette
**Outtakes & Dailies
Cast & Crew
Extremely entertaining if you don't mind being morally corrupted at every juncture.
The action scenes are particularly gripping.
The remake is much glossier but also takes place mostly in real time, using long takes, genuinely disturbing violence and stretches with no dialogue to pin you to the story.
A deliberate, underplayed horror movie that is truly shocking.
Unlike the slew of Michael Bay- produced slasher remakes, this is not an idea-free flick. And Craven (shepherding producer on this remake) believes in character. More, he believes, in engaging what the word "horror" means.
In this era of torture porn, this film seems intent on reconnecting audiences with the power and intensity of real-life, even quiet and casual creepiness.
I suspect the movie's sound designers deserve some kind of an award: thanks to them, the damage one can inflict with small appliances and a giant grudge is all too clear.