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Wes Craven (written by)
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Release Date:
30 August 1972 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
To avoid fainting, keep repeating: "It's only a movie, only a movie, only a movie...". See more »
Plot:
A pair of teenage girls are headed to a rock concert for one's birthday. While trying to score marijuana in the city, the girls are kidnapped by a gang of psychotic convicts. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Sandra Peabody ... Mari Collingwood (as Sandra Cassell)
Lucy Grantham ... Phyllis Stone

David Hess ... Krug Stillo (as David A. Hess)
Fred J. Lincoln ... Fred 'Weasel' Podowski (as Fred Lincoln)
Jeramie Rain ... Sadie
Marc Sheffler ... Junior Stillo
Richard Towers ... Dr. John Collingwood (as Gaylord St. James)
Cynthia Carr ... Estelle Collingwood
Ada Washington ... Ada
Marshall Anker ... Sheriff

Martin Kove ... Deputy
Ray Edwards ... Postman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jonathan Craven ... Boy with Balloon (uncredited)
Anthony J. Forcelli ... Ice Cream Store Clerk (uncredited)
Steve Miner ... Hippie Taunting Deputy (uncredited)

Directed by
Wes Craven 
 
Writing credits
Wes Craven (written by)

Ulla Isaksson  earlier screenplay (uncredited)

Produced by
Sean S. Cunningham .... producer
Katherine D'Amato .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
David Hess  (as David Alexander Hess)
 
Cinematography by
Victor Hurwitz (director of cinematography)
 
Film Editing by
Wes Craven 
 
Costume Design by
Susan E. Cunningham 
 
Makeup Department
Anne Paul .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Larry Beinhart .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Yvonne Hannemann .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Jim Hubbard .... sound
Gary Leibman .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Troy Roberts .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Dick Donovan .... gaffer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anne Paul .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Steve Miner .... assistant editor (as Stephen Miner)
 
Other crew
Steve Dwork .... production assistant
David Miner .... title designer
Steve Miner .... production assistant
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Grim Company" - USA (16mm release title)
"Last House on the Left" - USA (alternative title)
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Runtime:
84 min | Germany:64 min (heavily cut) | USA:91 min (original cut) | USA:82 min (R-rated version)
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Certification:
Argentina:X (original rating) | Argentina:18 (re-rating) | Australia:Refused Classification (original rating: 1987) | Australia:R (re-rating) (2004) | Canada:R | Finland:K-18 (self applied) (2002) | France:16 | Germany:16 (heavily cut) | Iceland:(Banned) | Ireland:18 (cut UK version) | Italy:VM18 | Malaysia:(Banned) | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:(Banned) (original rating) | New Zealand:R18 (re-rating) (2004) | Norway:(Banned) | Norway:16 (DVD rating) (2005) (self applied) | Singapore:(Banned) | South Korea:18 | Sweden:15 (uncut) | UK:R (original rating: 1974) | UK:18 (re-rating) (2008) (uncut) | UK:18 (re-rating) (2002) (cut) | UK:(Banned) (1984-2002) | USA:R (heavily cut) | USA:X (original rating) | USA:Unrated (uncut) | West Germany:18 (cut) | West Germany:(Banned) (uncut)

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Trivia:
This movie has been banned several times in the UK by the BBFC. Originally, in 1974, it was rejected for a cinema certificate. In 1984, it was banned again when it became a "video nasty", and remained that way until 2000, when it was once more rejected for a cinema release. In 2001, it was rejected and remained banned. Finally, a video version in 2002 was passed with around 30 seconds of cuts for an 18 rating, ending a 28 year streak of being banned. It was finally passed fully uncut by the BBFC in March 2008.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Before being raped, there is blood on Mari where Krug carved his name. After the rape scene when Mari gets up, you can see her chest with no blood, but after she gets up after praying, her chest is covered in blood again.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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Soundtrack:
Sadie and Krug (Baddies' Theme)See more »

FAQ

What are the differences between the old British BBFC 18 DVD and the uncut Unrated Version?
Why isn't the forced lesbian scenes in any release?
What are the differences between the Krug & Company Cut and the Uncensored Version?
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68 out of 104 people found the following review useful.
And the road leads to nowhere, 21 April 1999
Author: matthew wilder (picqueur@aol.com) from los angeles

Much as I admire it, I can only watch Wes Craven's brilliant debut feature once every few years; as sheer stomach-churning brutality goes, it makes SALO look like Sondheim. Craven has said he made the movie as extreme as it is as his comment on the obscenity of Vietnam. I've heard that number many a time (Ruggero Deodato blames CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST on the Red Brigade!), but in Craven's case, it's so palpable it's believable. LAST HOUSE may be the first (and is certainly the most far-out) case of a horror movie that eschews suspense, tingles, shock, in the wake of sheer, harrowing barbarism.

Based on Bergman's THE VIRGIN SPRING, it tells the tale of a couple of young girls on their way to a concert who fall prey to a Manson-like family. Their rape-murders are avenged by a suddenly wised-up couple of parents who, in their restitution, find themselves as blood-bespattered and guilty as their prey.

LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT is a grindhouse GUERNICA, an outcry over desensitization to violence that leaves you feeling shaken and desolated. It genuinely reupholsters the word "horror." For most, the clarity of Craven's intentions won't be enough to redeem the dire viciousness of what the director puts you through. For me, the ferocity of the movie has a cleansing, Artaudian pureness.

One question: Craven made this film and his masterpiece, THE HILLS HAVE EYES, the ultimate statement on the nuclear family in post-Woodstock, post-Altamont America. He then went on to make a load of occasionally mildly amusing but mostly godawful movies. What's the story?

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