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

Based on Bergman's The Virgin Spring, Wes Craven's cult classic is an account of a group of sadistic killers who meet their match when they break into the home of their latest victim.

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 30, 1972
DVD 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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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

[Its] indictment of the human capacity for hatred and violence is nothing next to its status as a long lost Keystone Kops feature cut together with the world's worst folk musical.

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Nigel Floyd
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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Fernando F. Croce

Indelibly scummy, Wes Craven's freshman shocker is less a rip-off of The Virgin Spring than a purposefully degraded update, with the medieval barbarism of the original cannily transplanted to Vietnam-era America.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A piss poor horror film with terrible production qualities.

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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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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's pretty to look at and ugly to digest.

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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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Carlos Magalh„es
Exploitation is supposed to be fun, but there is no fun here unless you get off on seeing vile scenes of rape and brutality, and the movie is so trashy and… 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
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