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The Last House on the Left -- Two girls are tortured and left to die after they become captives of four prison escapees.  The merciless criminals end up in the house of one of the girls and the mother tortures and kills them.


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Release Date:
30 August 1972 (USA) See more »
To avoid fainting, keep repeating: "It's only a movie, only a movie, only a movie...". See more »
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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  (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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84 min | Germany:64 min (heavily cut) | USA:91 min (original cut) | USA:82 min (R-rated version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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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Producer Sean S. Cunningham's station wagon is used when Lucy Grantham and Sandra Peabody are driving in the beginning.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Weasel says, "How's your back, baby?" to Phyllis, she spits in his face, but Weasel closes his eyes before she spits.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Video Violence (1987) (V)See more »
Now You're All AloneSee more »


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9 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
No Classic...Just Crap, 18 August 2006
Author: Ron Broadfoot from Canada

I don't understand why this film has received a cult reputation. It's like watching a homemade snuff film. The only good part was when the parents of one of the slain girls got their revenge on these bastards. Thankfully, Wes Craven would go on to direct better movies after this.

It's interesting that Roger Ebert gave "Caligula" a no-star rating, but he gave this one three-and-a-half stars.

This movie may not be as violent as "Caligula", but it's just as disturbing.

The music score (and the songs) seem totally out of place, and the comedy bits with the two sherriffs don't help matters much.

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