Last House on the Left, The (1972)
“Are you sure we’re not going to put you folks to any trouble?”
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
Response to Peary’s Review:
… but quickly devolves into a middle section that’s “an outright embarrassment” and a “final section” that’s “hogwash”.
He accurately notes that the “humor [and] happy music are offensive”, that “you’ll feel ashamed to be watching it”, and (presuming you’re seeing it in a theater) you’ll “feel paranoid about the men around you who are grinning and taking delight in the girls’ torture.” He argues that the “major problem is that the film is so convincingly made — and the sadists and their victims so authentic — that the torture scenes really seem to be happening.” Remarkably (or, sadly, not so), the film has a significant cult following and was recently released on Blu-Ray. Regardless, as DVD Savant writes, “it’s still an indefensible carnival of cruelty and carnage, with unendurable pain and suffering meted out to two innocent girls by a quartet of pitiless human monsters.” Meanwhile, Howard Thompson’s review for The New York Times is worth copying here in its (short) entirety:
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
3 thoughts on “Last House on the Left, The (1972)”
Skip it. Junk. There’s worse junk on film, but this is still junk.
⭐️⭐️1/2 out of ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Grungy, nasty, sleazy reworking of The Virgin Spring (1960) is very uneven but is undeniably mostly pretty effective. One of the most significant horror films of the ’70s and as such a must see.
Interestingly, Roger Ebert was a major defender: