It’s time now to take a look at a cult classic written and directed by Wes Craven. The film is often referred to as an exploitation horror film, in any case Arrow Video put out a 2K restored limited edition back at the end of June. As Halloween draws ever closer there’s no better time than now to take a look at The Last House On The Left from 1972. The version I’m reviewing comes with three discs and three different versions of the film. So without further ado here’s my The Last House On The Left blu-ray review.
- The Last House On The Left (1972)
- Genre: Horror
- Directed by Wes Craven
- UK Rating 18
- Discs: 3 (2 Blu-ray & 1 CD)
- Released By Arrow Video
- Blu-ray Released: 18 June 2018
Two girls on their way to see a band unwittingly wander into their worst nightmare when they meet a couple of escaped convicts consisting of a sadistic rapist and serial killer along with a heroin addict and equally sadistic girl named Sadie.
This group are only interested in playing out their sick fantasies and unfortunately for their victims that doesn’t include letting them go afterwards.
Style / Direction
The film is directed by Wes Craven with the cinematography handled by Victor Hurwitz. Make no mistake this is one hell of a disturbing film, certainly in terms of tone and visuals. That said I don’t think this is a classic in terms of film making but it is certainly effective at achieving its aim to shock. Some forty-six years after its initial release this remains an incredibly distressing film especially now the uncut vision of Wes Craven has been released on this Blu-ray edition.
Music / Audio Effects
The music is composed by David Alexander Hess and it strikes a comedy tone which only seems to make the film even more alarming. The comical score is ever present when the police are present showing what an incompetent bunch the Sheriff and his Deputy are.
Acting / Characters
The disconcerting four are played by David A. Hess, Fred Lincoln, Jeramie Rain and Marc Sheffler. Only Sheffler as Junior the heroin addict actually has any conscience and knows what they are doing to be wrong. The rest are simply sick in the head and to be fair to the actors playing their respective roles they certainly give that impression.
- Sandra Peabody as Mari Collingwood
- Lucy Grantham as Phyllis Stone
- David A. Hess as Krug Stillo
- Fred Lincoln as Fred “Weasel” Podowski
- Jeramie Rain as Sadie
- Marc Sheffler as Junior Stillo
- Cynthia Carr as Estelle Collingwood
- Gaylord St. James as Dr. John Collingwood
- Marshall Anker as Sheriff
- Martin Kove as Deputy
- Ada Washington as Ada
Conclusion: The Last House On The Left (1972) Film Review
There is no doubting Wes Craven’s The Last House On The Left remains as shocking know as upon release and not many films are normally perceived that way some forty odd years later. As with The Hills Have Eyes I’m not sure you can ever enjoy The Last House On The Left, its simply too distressing for that. Where as you can enjoy John Carpenter’s 1978 slasher horror Halloween, the same cannot be said of this film.
That said I would recommend any film fan to take a good look at it as there aren’t too many films even the modern day ones such as Hostel or Saw that give this alarming feeling that this one does. In fact I would say the nearest comparison I could give is Night Train Murders (1975).
If you like my The Last House On The Left blu-ray review you may want to check out these films:
- Carrie (1976)
- House of Mortal Sin (1976)
- The Hills Have Eyes (1977)
- The Hills Have Eyes II (1984)
- The Orphanage (2007)
Conclusion: The Last House On The Left (1972) Blu-ray Review
Once again Arrow Video have given us film fans an excellent Blu-ray edition. It’s packed full of extras along with an exceptionally good image quality having undergone a 2K restoration.
By the time you have finished with all of the extras you will know more about this film than you maybe want to. It’s packed full of interviews with the Wes Craven and cast and crew along with the behind the scenes stuff.
It really is an excellent set of extras, I have absolutely no complaints.
- Three cuts of the film restored in 2K
- Uncut Version of the film (84 mins)
- Still Standing: The Legacy of The Last House On The Left (15 mins)
- Celluloid Crime of the Century (40 mins)
- Scoring Last House (10 mins)
- It’s Only a Movie: the Making of The Last House On The Left (29 mins)
- Forbidden Footage (8 mins)
- Junior’s Story (14 mins)
- Blood and Guts: A Conversation with Anne Paul (14 mins)
- The Road Leads to Terror: The Locations of Last House (6 mins)
- Deleted Scene: “Mari Dying at the Lake” (1 min)
- Outtakes & Daillies (48 mins)
- Trailers, TV & Radio Spots
- Image Galleries
- Audio Commentaries
- Isolated Score
- Krug & Company Cut (84 mins)
- R Rated Cut (82 mins)
- The Craven Touch (17 mins)
- Early Days and “Night of the Vengeance” (9 mins)
- Tales That’ll Tear Your Heart Out (11 mins)
- Marc Sheffler Q&A (12 mins)
- Songs in the Key of Krug (10 mins)
- Krug Conquers England (24 mins)
Disc Three (CD)
- The Last House On The Left Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Popcorn Cinema Rating:
The Last House On The Left (1972)
MOVIE RATING: WORTH WATCHING
BLU-RAY RATING: EXCELLENT
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The Last House On The Left (1972) Trailer
For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster…
and now the original trailer
Clip may not be representative of the blu-ray version
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Summary: The Last House On The Left (1972) Blu-ray Review
Movie title: The Last House On The Left (1972)
Duration: 84/82 Mins
Director(s): Wes Craven
Actor(s): Sandra Peabody, Lucy Grantham, David A. Hess, Fred Lincoln, Jeramie Rain, Marc Sheffler, Cynthia Carr, Gaylord St. James, Marshall Anker, Martin Kove
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A truly disturbing film that’s simply too distressing to enjoy.