The Last House on the Left (1972)
Director: Wes Craven
Main Stars: Sandra Peabody, Lucy Grantham, David Hess, Marc Sheffler, Richard Towers, Cynthia Carr
Storyline: Two young teenage girls head to a rock concert and going looking to score some drugs. During their search they get kidnapped by some convicts and they go missing.
Review (Spoils): First off this movie is not for the weak of heart this is pretty hardcore. We have some serious rape scenes and these convicts are pretty bad ass and so is the revenge of Mari’s parents. Ok you have been warned now let’s get back to the review.
Mari Collingwood (Sandra Peabody) is a young, cute and semi innocent girl who wants to celebrate her 17th birthday by going to a concert with her best friend Phyllis (Lucy Grantham). They travel to score some drugs for the show and run into Junior (Marc Sheffler) a strange and confused young man who unfortunate hangs around a very tough crowd controlled and lead by Krug (David Hess). They rape and kidnap the young ladies and throw them into the trunk of their car and head into town. The second part of the film is Mari parents on the man-hunt for their daughter. This leads to the shocking ending part of the film which Krug’s car breaks down and they end up at Mari’s house and the connection is made by the parents.
The outstanding acting was done by both the victim and terrorize. Sandra Peabody steals the show with her cuteness and her total shock of being violated through the whole nightmare process. David Hess plays the thug bad boy which he normally portrays in his films.
Rating: This movie is a classic when it comes to underground horror films. Wes Craven took what affects the mind and brings the true horror out to the screen without using over the top gore or bloody effects. He created something that very few directors can do (I’m looking at you..painful remake) and makes this a total disgusting film (that’s a good thing). This film will have you emotional mixed up through it and makes you feel dirty after seeing it. Cheers to Wes Craven for that!