Film Review: THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT (1972)

Film Review: THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT (1972)

Jun 20, 2018

The Last House on the Left was once an infamous obscurity from Wes Craven’s early days. Today, however, the film has had multiple releases and a remake. This newest release comes from Arrow Video; it is a three disc limited edition set that finally includes the original soundtrack.

In case you don’t already know about this film, it was made during a time when the rape/revenge genre was just a niche subgenre of the already obscure areas of exploitation cinema. This one in particular centers around two teenage girls who go for a night out. It doesn’t take long, however, for them to cross paths with three sadistic individuals. David Hess plays the leader in a role that made him a cult icon. The torture he puts people through in this film is mind blowing and thoroughly disturbing.

I have always been a fan of this film. When I saw it in my much younger years, I thought it was the craziest thing I’d ever seen. The torture of the girls in the first half was brutally realistic and disgusting. The twists that brought about the parents’ revenge plot, however, was what showed me that horror could be multi-layered and realistic, without the help of supernatural slashers.

Sadly, the sub-par picture quality and soundtrack really doesn’t make this worth the release price. If it is important in your personal horror history then you may still want to wait for a sale or a lightly used copy in the future.