Synopsis: In The Last House On The Left, when the people who attacked their daughter show up on their doorstep the mother and father take vengeance into their own hands.
Release Date: March 13, 2009 MPAA Rating: PG-13
Genre(s): Thriller, Horror
When it comes to delivering a truly disturbing film, those behind The Last House On The Left have exceeded expectations. The Last House On The Left has everything you could ask for from a thriller, and a dose of horror thrown in for kicks. With the sublimely creepy characters, your skin crawls with their devilish deeds and your stomach turns as they perform their morbid acts on the (almost) pure and innocent victims. The Last House On The Left strikes terror into the audience and a newfound disgust for the lower depths of mankind. But, alas, there is vindication; equally gruesome and overly ripe it satisfies that place inside you that believes true evil should be punished, and punished it is.
There is an excellent technique used throughout The Last House On The Left that helps to mimic the situation at hand. The camera moves in and out of focus continuously creating the effect that reality is no longer clear. The blurring of reality portrays how what may seem to be unreal, impossible, is in fact happening. The characters are no longer living in a comprehensible and predictable world; it has become skewed, and no longer can they see things without distortion.
Score and Soundtrack
Aside from the excellent sound mixing and foley throughout The Last House On The Left, the score during particular scenes is astounding. Primarily in the first act of The Last House On The Left, there is a hauntingly beautiful melody performed during the most horrific acts of violence. The allure of the music, a melancholic symphony amidst horrific circumstances is a brilliant use of juxtaposition. To take that which is alarmingly monstrous and place it together with something undeniably lovely only intensifies the feelings of the viewer and leaves them in a state where they know not what to think or feel, or how to react.
This is not a horror film. The Last House On The Left is a thriller, with doses of horror thrown in. Therefore, The Last House On The Left cannot be described as “scary”. This does not in any way take away from what it does offer: thrills, shock and an overall feeling of horror at what mankind is capable of producing. You may not be scared during The Last House On The Left but you will feel the excitement build inside of you as to what will happen next and fear over what you know and the characters have yet to discover. Plus, you do get a good amount of blood and gore mingled with some very creative ways of killing.
Cast and Crew
- Director(s): Dennis Iliadis
- Screenwriters: Adam Alleca, Carl Ellsworth
- Cast: Garret Dillahunt (Krug), Joshua Cox (Giles), Riki Lindhome (Sadie), Aaron Paul (Francis), Sara Paxton (Mari Collingwood), Monica Potter (Emma Collingwood), Tony Goldwyn (John Collinwood), Martha Maclsaac (Paige)
- Editor(s): Peter McNulty, Sharone Meir
- Cinematographer: John Murphy
- Country Of Origin: USA