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Writer:
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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User Reviews:
"And the road leads to nowhere..." 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:
When distribution companies Hallmark and Atlas International released the movie in Germany, they attempted to pass it off as an actual "snuff" film (i.e., a real murder staged for the camera).See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Mari breathes and moves when her parents find her body (the original intention was that she should still be alive at this point and would identify her attackers before dying).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

Why isn't the forced lesbian scenes in any release?
Is it true that an alternate cut was released on VHS?
What are the differences between the Krug & Company Cut and the Uncensored Version?
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63 out of 91 people found the following review useful.
"And the road leads to nowhere...", 6 June 2001
Author: Vince-5 from northeastern PA

Whether you love it or hate it (there really seems to be no in-between), you must admit that Last House on the Left is a powerful film. In my opinion, it may be one of the most important American films ever made. Screw Scream--this is Wes Craven's best. Combining professional and amateurish elements on a low budget, it has the scratchy, over-saturated look of a perverse home movie--and the rough edges make it all the more unforgettable. The actors are very good, especially David A. Hess in his definitive role as sadistic sex murderer Krug and Jeramie Rain as a deranged woman obviously modeled after Sadie Glutz. The brutal rape-murders and scenes of vengeance are staged in a chilling, claustrophobic manner that makes you feel like you're there. Oddly enough, the clash of light (the comically inept cops, the cheery soundtrack) and dark elements creates a juxtaposition that's even more disturbing; despite what's happening, the three nuts are enjoying themselves without remorse and the rest of the world just bounces along obliviously. Also, the cop scenes often provide a necessary break from the brutality, giving you a brief second to breathe before plunging you back in. A tone of grim tension is maintained throughout, and it clings to you long after you've left the Last House. How, you ask, could a person enjoy something like this? Because it does what a horror movie is ultimately supposed to do, and I know that in the end, "It's only a movie...only a movie...only a movie..."

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