Sunday, 21 June 2009

Last House on the Left Remake - Horror Film Review

Well I got round to watching the remake of Wes Cravens 'The Last House on the Left'. I admit I have never seen the original, it's not really something I thought I would like to see. I don't know how faithful or different the remake is to the original, but it was a good film, though very bleak.

A criminal on his way to a maximum security prison is sprung by his brother and girlfriend. The criminals cowardly son accidentally gets two 17 year old girls involved with the fugitives, and as a result are kidnapped. One of the girls 'Mari' causes the car they are travelling in to crash in the woods. Prompting the bleakest scene in the film involving death and rape which actually led to a few people walking out of the cinema, heh. The film really picks up pace from here, and leads to a fantastic last third where retribution is attained and people are killed in various gruesome and violent ways.

The film is bleak as mentioned, in a Straw Dogs type of way. There are some fantastic one liners in the film, and some amusing sequences as well. For the record, the psycho girlfriend of the escaped convict is darn hot! (played by Riki Lindhome) It helps I guess that she spends near half of her overall screen time topless, heh. The entire cast are all attractive though, there is no one ugly in the entire film. The action is violent, and graphic, and there is plenty of the old red stuff spilt. The end of the film was a bit over the top, but enjoyable.

So yes, for a bleak 'realistic' horror film this is recommended, just be prepared for a gruelling ride!


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