The Last House on the Left
The Last House on the Left (1972)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 27, 2002
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Critic Score: 61% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

It isn't artistically adroit, but if success in this genre is counted by squirms, it's a success.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

A tough, bitter little sleeper of a movie that's about four times as good as you'd expect.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

The exceedingly low-rent production values subsequently ensure that the more overtly horrific elements within Craven's script often fall completely flat...

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Craven's cold, flat style of filming emphasises the fact that the violence dehumanises not only the victims but the aggressors.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A piss poor horror film with terrible production qualities.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

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.

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Howard Thompson
New York Times

The party who wrote this sickening tripe and also directed the inept actors is Wes Craven.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

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]

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Empire Magazine

Sartorially dated certainly, but still powerful, disturbing and raw.

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Flixster Audience Score: 51% Flixster User Reviews
Cory Taylor
This is the infamous movie that spawned one of the best taglines of all-time (the trailer warns the viewers to reiterate "it's only a movie").… More
Christopher Heim
How Wes Craven was aloud to make another film after this travesty is beyond me. Wes Craven seemed to have been so focused on being shocking and grotesque, that… More
Josh Lewis
I know I saw them backwards, but I must compare this to the remake. It's like a cartoon compared to that film. The tone is all over the place, going from… More
Melvin White
Krug Stillo: Listen to daddy. I want you to take the gun, and I want you to put it in your mouth, and I want you to turn around and blow your brains out. Blow… More
Chris Weber
A horror film in the true sense of the word. This is one of the finest low budget grindhouse/exploitation films ever made. It's not all that dissimilar… More
Alex roy
This movie has been deemed one of the most depraved horror films ever. The movie shows graphic rape, and torture scenes. It'll make you uneasy. I'm… More