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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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A landmark horror film which is still as powerful and disturbing as ever. See more (448 total) »

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)
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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
 
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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:18 | 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:(Banned) | West Germany:18 (cut)

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Trivia:
Director Trademark: [Wes Craven] [The blurring of dreams and reality].See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Malevolence (2004)See more »
Soundtrack:
Now You're All AloneSee more »

FAQ

Why isn't the forced lesbian scenes in any release?
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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
A landmark horror film which is still as powerful and disturbing as ever., 14 June 2003
Author: Infofreak from Perth, Australia

'The Last House On The Left' is easily Wes Craven's most important movie. It was one of the most notorious movies of the early 70s but seems to be half forgotten now, despite being a groundbreaking horror film that opened up territory that had previously not been seen on screen. Romero's 'Night Of The Living Dead' deserves some acknowledgement as being the most realistic horror movie up until that point (the late 60s), but even that had a supernatural element, something 'Last House On The Left' eschews. Craven took the contemporary setting and natural performances of NOTLD and added some graphic violence and a confrontational rape sequence, most likely inspired by Peckinpah's 'Straw Dogs' released the previous year, and made it into something quite unlike anything seen before. This made it the father of all subsequent serial killer dramas. 'Last House...' is still a very nasty and disturbing movie thirty years after it was originally released. Craven was a beginning as a film maker and the budget was minimal, so the movie is rough and crudely made at times, but the best sequences have an almost documentary feel which gives it an appearance of realism that makes it sometimes really difficult to watch. The acting in the movie is variable. Mari's parents and the comic relief cops (who include Martin Kove later to appear in 'Death Race 2000' and countless action movies!) are pretty awful, but the two girls (Sandra Cassel and Lucy Grantham) are both very natural and believable, and Craven REALLY lucked out with Krug and his gang who are all very, very good. Krug is played by David Hess, who also composed and sang the songs on the soundtrack, something which makes him pretty unique! Hess wrote Elvis' 'All Shook Up' and 'I Got Stung' and yet his performance as Krug is totally convincing. Krug is still one of the creepiest and most repellent killers ever seen on screen. Comedian Marc Sheffler gives an interesting performance as Krug's junkie son, Fred J. Lincoln (now a porno director I believe!) is excellent as the aptly named Weasel, and Jeramie Rain is surprisingly good as Sadie, who brings to mind some of Manson's girls. These four actors are outstanding and really help make the movie into an unforgettable experience. Their scenes in the woods with the girls are still as powerful and disturbing as ever. 'Last House On The Left' is hardly the kind of movie you "enjoy" but I think it's a very important movie, and still the best thing Wes Craven has been involved with. It's really quite difficult to believe that Craven made something so uncompromising and nasty as this! I highly recommend 'The Last House On The Left' to anybody interested in the development of horror, screen violence, or disturbing movies of any kind. But be warned, it is NOT easy viewing and may be difficult for many people to take. I think it is worth it as it's still an extraordinary piece of work!

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