The Last House on the Left
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Wes Craven's first film was a crude but shocking horror opus that, like George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead (1968), became a grind house hit largely because it went much further than terror films before it had been willing to go. Often compared to Ingmar Bergman's stark medieval rape drama The Virgin Spring (1960) (though one wonders whether this was influence or just coincidence), Last House on the Left follows a group of teenage girls heading into the city when they hook up with a gang of drug-addled ne'er-do-wells and are brutally murdered. The killers find their way… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 61%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It isn't artistically adroit, but if success in this genre is counted by squirms, it's a success."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"A tough, bitter little sleeper of a movie that's about four times as good as you'd expect."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The exceedingly low-rent production values subsequently ensure that the more overtly horrific elements within Craven's script often fall completely flat..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Craven and company tap into something hot, dark and deep."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"A estúpida tentativa de combinar cenas de violência realista com outras de humor pedestre anula o impacto do filme e nos leva a questionar a sanidade do jovem Craven."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Craven's cold, flat style of filming emphasises the fact that the violence dehumanises not only the victims but the aggressors."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"A piss poor horror film with terrible production qualities."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"An ugly, disturbing, passionately conceived cult favorite, Last House on the Left is much more complex (albeit crudely made) than its controversial reputation would suggest."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"if one is not disgusted enough to stop watching, one is left wishing that the movie would show more than it does"
‑ Douglas Pratt, DVDLaser
"Introduced a sadism that lurks beneath the surface of Craven's work to this day. It's not fun, as horror should be; it's amoral, and you leave it feeling sickened and dirty."
‑ Jake Euker, F5 (Wichita, KS)
"The party who wrote this sickening tripe and also directed the inept actors is Wes Craven."
‑ Howard Thompson, New York Times
"A depraved exploitation film specifically designed to shock and repulse viewers...also a cultural artifact reflective of and reactive to the time it was made... [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Sartorially dated certainly, but still powerful, disturbing and raw."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"It's disgusting and gripping at the same time."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"One of the true classics of modern horror cinema."
‑ Jamie Russell, Film4
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