Genres: Drama, Horror,
Runtime: 110 minutes
Review done by: Serial McKiller
Online since: February 20th, 2006
Starring: Garret Dillahunt, Michael Bowen, Joshua Cox, Riki Lindhome, Aaron
Paul, Sara Paxton, Monica Potter, Tony Goldwyn, Martha MacIsaac
Director: Dennis Iliadis
Synopsis: After kidnapping and brutally assaulting two young women, a
gang led by a prison escapee unknowingly finds refuge at a vacation home
belonging the parents of one of the victims -- a mother and father who
devise an increasingly gruesome series of revenge tactics.
There's a reason why the 70's Wes Craven film stood up as much as it did.
Because it was tough, brutal and looked like a snuff film. Because of this, it
worked. And to be perfectly honesty it's nice to see that all these years later
a remake of his film can show a new generation what all those words mean.
I'm not going to jump on a soap box and complain about how the horror
genre seems to be in trouble because its something everyone knows,
however if films and filmmakers alike remember how much that genre can
effect people then they'll see that they could and should invest in it more.
Rouge Picture's "The Last on the Left" doesn't have quite the same snuff feel
like its predecessor, but its mixed grunge and grain with stylish camera work
that's somewhat how I'd imagine a slightly more seasoned Rob Zombie style.
Fairly new director Dennis Iliadis has displayed that he has some chops for
this genre and probably a few others. He keeps the darkness and brutality of
Craven's work throughout the film.
For those who don't know the story, it involves a family at their beach home
and their daughter and friend in town. They meet a shy boy and go back to
his hotel room to smoke pot. Everything is fine till his criminal family including
Krug (played by Garret Dillahunt who just busted out of a police transport
car) return. Their pictures are on newspapers so they must get rid of the two
girls. After which extremely tough scenes ensue including a rape scene and
stabbing. The killer's car is trashed and they make their way to a house and
end up having to stay over night due to the storm. The problem with that is
the parents of one of the girls are the owners, and the girl who was left for
dead managed to survive and make it back to the house.
I won't spoil you with twists and some of the graphic nature of the film but
to say that in the grand scheme of revenge films the key is to make the
audience hate, hate, HATE those who are committing these terrible crimes.
Here they do it perfectly. Tony Goldwyn and Monica Potter don't just go on
the war path as parents, they display the kind of pure rage and intelligence
that a parent would display if they came face to face with the people that
harmed someone they loved in such a horrible manner. "The Last House of
the Left" isn't for the faint of heart because the whole picture is STRONG.
Which it needs to be and does very well. Should you see the original?
Absolutely! It's a cult classic for a reason, and this is definitly a remake you