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The Last House on the Left (2009)
Suspenseful, thrilling, tense and adrenaline-rushing
Now before I watched this, I expected something like 'Saw' and 'Hostel'. Like, just useless and mindless ongoing torture. You know, done just for the sake of gore and violence, nothing much. But this film did the violence in good taste. I mean, the murderers deserved what they got. Beside the raping and murdering of the innocent girls, we didn't see more innocent characters dying throughout (like those in the Saw and Hostel films). The characters getting killed off in this were murderers and they deserved to die that way. Trust me, you'll rather cheer for their disturbing deaths than to cringe or feel disturbed by them.
So the film starts, I wasn't that enthusiastic. The opening scene was so-so and really unnecessary. After that is when the film really starts, because we got to know the crucial characters. As soon as the girls are kidnapped, the suspense begins. From that moment on, I started to feel all tense, uneasy and even excited because I really wanted to see what happened next. Many scenes made you anticipate the next scene. That was one good thing about this film. The last film that made feel very tense was Flightplan (2005), which I watched back in 2006/2007.
The bad thing about it was the music. Sure, it had its moments, but I hated when they used electric guitar during some tense scenes. John Murphy is one bad composer, methinks. He should do comedy, romances or drama, not thrillers. Another negative thing was the very ending scene involving the microwave. It was a little over the top.
Contrary to the sources that label this a horror, the film wasn't scary. It was not a horror movie at all. Don't expect a movie like 'The Strangers', 'Halloween' or 'Blair Witch Project'. It was a revenge thriller similar to 'Taken' and 'Kill Bill'. There are virtually no jump scenes and even scary scenes in this (only if you count gore as scary).
All in all, this is a nail-biting, riveting and pulse-pounding thriller. The writer is Carl Ellsworth, who wrote some great recent thrillers like 'Disturbia' and 'Red Eye'. If you liked those, then you'll definitely like this film.