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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 ...
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 ...
Marshall Anker ...
Ray Edwards ...


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Mari, 17, is dying. Even for her the worst is yet to come. See more »


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Release Date:

30 August 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Grim Company  »

Box Office


$90,000 (estimated)

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| (heavily cut) | (original cut) | (R-rated)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Director Trademark: [Wes Craven] [Family breakdown]. See more »


In the graveyard scene, Phyllis underwear is visible. They are pink, patterned with flowers. A few minutes later, her underwear is seen again, but this time is blue with a different flower pattern. See more »


[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 »


Referenced in I Spit on Your Grave (1978) See more »


The Road Leads to Nowhere
Lyrics and Music by Steve Chapin & David Hess
Performed by David Hess
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A moral sewer on film
7 August 2002 | by (Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

Well....for people who are twisted, sadistic, or are just simply amused by ludicrous immoral brutality, this is a decent film. But if you have even a rudimental sense of decency or humanity, it will be the most revolting film you'll see.

Two girls are kidnapped, forced to do whatever pleases or amuses their kidnappers (in one case, a girl urinating through her bluejeans!?!). The girls are both viciously raped, shot, and left for dead in the woods. Furthermore the kidnappers somehow cross paths with one of the kidnapped girls parents and suffer ridiculous vigilante justice from the disgruntled parents.

It's amazing that this film is even on DVD or VHS, or that Wes Craven ever got another movie contract! It's only purpose is to make people sick and to please a sadistic and warped audience. It is by far the worst film I've ever seen.

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