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The Last House on the Left (1972)

Two teenage girls head to a rock concert for one's birthday. While trying to score marijuana in the city, they are kidnapped and brutalized by a gang of psychotic convicts.

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Complete credited cast:
Sandra Peabody ...
Mari Collingwood (as Sandra Cassell)
Lucy Grantham ...
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Krug Stillo (as David A. Hess)
Fred J. Lincoln ...
Fred 'Weasel' Podowski (as Fred Lincoln)
Jeramie Rain ...
Marc Sheffler ...
Richard Towers ...
Dr. John Collingwood (as Gaylord St. James)
Cynthia Carr ...
Ada Washington ...
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Marshall Anker ...
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Ray Edwards ...
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On the eve of her seventeenth birthday, Mari Collingwood tells her parents that she is going to the concert of underground band Bloodlust in New York with her friend Phyllis Stone. She borrows the family's car and heads with her friend to a dangerous neighborhood in the city. Meanwhile, the sadistic and cruel escapees Krug Stillo and Fred 'Weasel' Podowski are hidden in a hideout with their partners Sadie (Jeramie Rain) and Krug's addicted son Junior Stillo (Marc Sheffler) after killing two guards and one shepherd in their runaway. The two girls seek marijuana near the theater and meet Junior that offers some Colombian grass to them. They go to his apartment and are subdued by the criminals that rape Phyllis. On the next morning, they hide the girls in the trunk of their convertible and head to Canada. However, they have a problem with the car's rod and they stop on the road close to Mari's house. When Phyllis tries to escape, the gang stabs her to death and shots Mari after ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Many people who have gone to see the movie LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT and many public officials by outraged moviegoers believe the answer to this question is YES! Demands have been made to terminate the engagement of this movie immediately. WHY?...LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT relates to a problem and a situation that practically every teenage girl is vulnerable to and every parent lives in dread of. (Note: The movie is in fact, a retelling of Ingmar Bergman's Academy Award Winner "The Virgin Spring" in 1972 terms) A young girl savagely brutalized, killed by a wanton band of degenerates. Revenge of the most horrible kind enacted by the parents of the dead girl - the killers are themselves killed. Yes, you will hate the people who perpetrate these outrages - you should! But, if a movie - and it is only a movie - can arouse you to such extreme emotion than the film director has succeeded. Violence and bestiality are not condoned in LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT - far from it! The movie makes a plea for an end to all the senseless violence and inhuman cruelty that has become so much a part of the times in which we live. WE DON'T THINK ANY MOVIE CAN GO TOO FAR IN MAKING THIS MESSAGE HEARD AND FELT! This fact is already borne out by the number of parents who have taken their daughters to see the film. These parents regard this movie as a perfect deterrent to this type of behavior. See more »


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30 August 1972 (USA)  »

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Grim Company  »

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$90,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Director Trademark: [Wes Craven] [Murder in suburbia]. See more »

Goofs

The bulletin on the police radio identifies the escape vehicle as a "dark green 1958 Cadillac convertible", when in fact it is a 1962 model. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Postman: [to dog] Hello, Cassie! Hiya, girl! Hello, there! Now, let's see.
[looks through mail]
Postman: Ah, it looks like Mari's getting cards from half the civilized world. Mari Collingwood. Mari Collingwood. Mari Collingwood. You'd think she's the only kid to reach the age of 17. Of course she is probably the prettiest piece I've ever seen.
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Crazy Credits

In the 1980s, the American video versions contained additional text after the film had ended, reading: "Coming soon to a theatre near you. From the producers of Last House On The Left, and the director of Friday the 13th Part V, ... The Last House On The Left, Part II. You won't believe your eyes!" (No sequel ever materialized) See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

The Road Leads to Nowhere
Lyrics and Music by Steve Chapin & David Hess
Performed by David Hess
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A VERY dark journey....
1 May 2000 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

I remember, quite vividly, the ad campaign for "Last House on the Left". I clearly remember the eerie feeling I got when I saw the ads, either televised or printed. Yet, as eerie as they were, nothing in the ads ever prepared me for this movie. I felt helpless during the film because nothing I could do would help the characters on-screen. I was terrified by man's cruelty to man. I still continue to be haunted by this film. The feeling one experiences viewing this film can only be compared to what a jury feels when video evidence is presented. With that said, I have to admit this is a great film. To evoke such feelings in an audience using actors and actresses is a work of great talent. I can't say I've enjoyed most of Mr. Craven's works; but, this is undeniable a staple in cinema's history.


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