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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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Cast

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Mari Collingwood (as Sandra Cassell)
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Krug Stillo (as David A. Hess)
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Fred 'Weasel' Podowski (as Fred Lincoln)
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Dr. John Collingwood (as Gaylord St. James)
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Ada Washington ...
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Ray Edwards ...
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Storyline

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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30 August 1972 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$90,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$3,100,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,000,000, 31 December 1972
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Sean S. Cunningham and his high school friends painted the big white target symbol on the road that Krug and his gang drive over early in the film. See more »

Goofs

After Mari put her peace symbol necklace on Junior's neck, on the next shot the necklace completely disappears. 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 Salvador (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

The Road Leads to Nowhere
Lyrics and Music by Steve Chapin & David Hess
Performed by David Hess
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One of the worst horror movies of all time!
14 July 1999 | by See all my reviews

This is truly one of the worst horror movies I have ever seen, and I don't mean that in a joking, it is funny kind of way. This film has no redeeming quality. That is a sad thing to say, when you are talking about horror movies, there are tons of really bad ones that come to mind. This is still one of the worst... yikes. I was not going to comment on this movie, but after reading so many favorable reviews from other viewers on this site, I had to set the record straight. This movie is terrible! I mean this movie is bad! It does not deserve some hallowed place in the horror movie hall of fame. It deserves to sit on your local video store shelf, collecting dust. The tagline for this movie says to keep repeating, "it's only a movie, it's only a movie.." well guess what? It's not. It is just a big mess. It is an excuse to put some really poor special effects onto the screen. This film is not suspenseful, terrifying or stomach churning. This movie is mostly just boring. Not to mention a virtual clinic on how NOT to direct, edit, act in or score a film! Crazy banjo music during a ridiculous rape scene? WHAT!?! According to one song in the movie, the road leads to nowhere. Apparently, so does this movie. People like to say this movie paved the way for such classics as Halloween. I say that is ridiculous. Halloween used lighting, camera angles, music and story to create suspense and action. Last House on the Left misuses these same things to create NOTHING!!! A friend of mine and I usually rent two or more horror movies per week, in search of truly bad movies. We are working on a book rating all the horror movies we can get our hands on. As a result of this, we have found many movies that are bad, but some are still entertaining. Unfortunately, Last House on the Left is on par with such uninteresting drivel as The Howling: New Moon Rising, perhaps the worst movie ever made, regardless of genre. Wes Craven is a wildly erratic filmmaker who got lucky with Nightmare on Elm Street and the Scream movies. He has struggled and still put out some mildly entertaining movies such as Deadly Friend, but avoid Last House on the Left at all costs, as it is not only one of the worst Wes Craven films, but one of the worst horror films ever made.


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