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THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT
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Reviewed by: Matt Withers

Directed by: Wes Craven

Starring:
Sandra Peabody
David Hess
Fred Lincoln

Movie:  
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Extras:  
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Overall:  
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What's it about
Girls decide to buy drugs on the way to a concert, but buy them from the wrong people. Rape and death ensues. Then one chick's parents get their hands on the murdering rapists and much vengeance is had.
Is it good movie?
Badly acted, badly shot, and missing a lot of the shock value that it obviously carried originally, LHOTL is still an interesting watch, just in a different way than when it was first released. The heightened sense of absurdity provided by the soundtrack, "comic" relief, and relentlessly over-the-top violence all create an oddly entertaining flick that works more like a favorite grindhouse offering than anything of legitimate importance.

One of the things that the movie has going for it is a constant juxtaposition between violence and comedy. Now neither is handled particularly well, but playing the two off each other creates a freak show atmosphere that is surprisingly fun to watch.

Perhaps the most impressive part of LHOTL is that it doesn't really suffer from many slow spots. The pacing is assured and swift coming from first time director Wes Craven. Beyond that you've got a piece of cinematic history here that no doubt features in the nightmares of many, but for new viewers will be little more than an above average curiosity.

Video / Audio
Video: 1.85:1, Widescreen

Audio: Dolby Digital Audio

The Extras
Audio Commentary with Actors David Hess, Marc Sheffler and Fred Lincoln - Listen to Fred Lincoln call the movie a piece of shite while simultaneously taking almost exclusive credit for it and running over his two other commentators. The guy sounds like a class A douchebag.

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 Will Tear Your Heart Out - Unfinished Short Film by Wes Craven

Deleted Scenes

Never-Before-Seen footage

Last Call
A genre "classic" that looks great and comes packed with a lot of fun extras, if you can get past the bad memories of when you first saw it, THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT is well worth a return visit.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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