Film: The Last House on the Left
Director: Dennis Iliadis
Producers: Wes Craven, Marianne Maddalena, Sean Cunningham
Screenwriters: Carl Ellsworth, Adam Alleca
Actors: Tony Goldwyn, Monica Potter, Garret Dillahunt, Spencer Treat Clark, Martha MacIsaac, Sara Paxton
Theatrical Release Date: March 13, 2009
MPAA Rating: R
FilmCritic Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Nearly 40 years ago, quasi-hippy filmmakers Wes Craven and Sean S. Cunningham were looking to make a name for themselves (and a little cash, if possible) in the thriving New York exploitation scene. Working with some intent distributors, they adapted Igmar Bergman’s Virgin Spring for the drive-in, and a grindhouse classic — Last House on the Left — was born.
With its memorable marketing campaign (“repeat to yourself… it’s only a movie… it’s only a movie) and direct, documentary style, it had impact and import during a crucial time in post-modern American cinema. As with several of Craven’s past projects, Last House has now been remade for the post-millennial crowd, and that’s too bad. This tedious, tepid update offers none of the original’s brutality or energy.
Read the full film review by Bill Gibron – at Filmcritic.com — Copyright © 2009
You can also read Bill’s review of the original 1972 film HERE.