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The Last House on the Left (1972)

Two teenage girls head to a rock concert for one's birthday. While trying to score marijuana in the city, they are kidnapped and brutalized by a gang of psychotic convicts.

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Wes Craven

Writer:

Wes Craven
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 Washington ... Ada
Marshall Anker Marshall Anker ... Sheriff
Martin Kove ... Deputy
Ray Edwards Ray Edwards ... Postman
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Storyline

On the eve of her seventeenth birthday, Mari Collingwood tells her parents that she is going to the concert of underground band Bloodlust in New York with her friend Phyllis Stone. She borrows the family's car and heads with her friend to a dangerous neighborhood in the city. Meanwhile, the sadistic and cruel escapees Krug Stillo and Fred 'Weasel' Podowski are hidden in a hideout with their partners Sadie (Jeramie Rain) and Krug's addicted son Junior Stillo (Marc Sheffler) after killing two guards and one shepherd in their runaway. The two girls seek marijuana near the theater and meet Junior that offers some Colombian grass to them. They go to his apartment and are subdued by the criminals that rape Phyllis. On the next morning, they hide the girls in the trunk of their convertible and head to Canada. However, they have a problem with the car's rod and they stop on the road close to Mari's house. When Phyllis tries to escape, the gang stabs her to death and shots Mari after ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Mari, 17, is dying. Even for her the worst is yet to come. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM | Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 August 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Last House on the Left See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$90,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$3,100,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,000,000, 31 December 1972
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (heavily cut) | (original cut) | (R-rated)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Wes Craven's directorial debut. See more »

Goofs

The Collingwoods' mouths don't move when they speak after finding Mari's body (again caused by editing when changes were made to the ending). 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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Crazy Credits

In the 1980s, the American video versions contained additional text after the film had ended, reading: "Coming soon to a theatre near you. From the producers of Last House On The Left, and the director of Friday the 13th Part V, ... The Last House On The Left, Part II. You won't believe your eyes!" (No sequel ever materialized) See more »

Alternate Versions

The original British Anchor Bay DVD issue contains an alternative cut of the film, dating from the days when it was still known as "Krug and Company." It is still missing some footage due to censor interference. The main difference is a short scene in which Sadie is seen performing oral sex on Mari, with Krug telling her, "Hurry up, because Weasel and I are very hungry." The UK 3-disc edition contains the full uncut version. See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

Wait for the Rain
Written and Performed by David Hess
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some good exploitation scenes but generally amateurish and silly
22 September 2015 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

It's Mari Collingwood's 17th birthday. She and her friend Phyllis Stone go to NYC for a concert. They try to buy some weed but are kidnapped and raped by a gang of criminals. They are stuff in the car trunk and driven to the woods near Mari's home. The girls are tortured and killed. The gang ends up coincidentally at the Collingwood home while the bumbling local cops struggle to track the gang down.

This is definitely an exploitation film. I'm sure it was derided by the critics at the time. Some of those exploitation parts are actually the best parts of the movie. Being forced to pee in her pants is a compelling scene. The rest of the movie is amateurish, silly and simply bad. The comic stuff with the cops is groan-worthy. The coincidence of running into the Collingwood home is ridiculous and unnecessary. The gang could have gotten the address from Mari. The overall need to create a peaceful happy tone while counteracting it with the brutal violence does not come off well. Then there is the killing of the girls which splits the movie in two. The second half fades and the intensity never fully recovers. It's one of Wes Craven's first and it's at the level of a good student film.


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