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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

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 August 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bad company 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

Near the end of the chainsaw sequence, a crewmember's hand is visible on Krug's back. 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 film has had a controversial history with the BBFC. It was first submitted for cinema in 1974 and refused a certificate, and eventually became one of the most notorious of the video nasties during the pre-cert video days, ending up as one of the official 39 titles. When the BBFC's new and more relaxed guidelines came into force in 2000 the film was again submitted for a cinema certificate. However a recent prosecution against the film forced the censors into requiring around 90 secs of cuts (mostly to the stripping, rape and stabbing scenes) which the distributor declined to do, forcing the BBFC to reject the film. It was again submitted in 2001 for a video/DVD certificate though the BBFC asked for a lesser 16 secs of cuts. The distributor again refused and the BBFC again rejected the film (for a 3rd time) which led to a legal challenge from Blue Underground. After viewing the film the independent Video Appeals Committee not only sided with the BBFC but requested the cuts total be expanded to 31 secs, the edits being made to the stabbing scene, Mari's chest being carved with a knife and a pan shot of Phyllis being forced to urinate in her jeans. The film was once again submitted for DVD in 2008 and finally passed fully uncut. See more »

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Soundtracks

Wait for the Rain
Written and Performed by David Hess
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Haunting movie
1 June 2005 | by tamstratSee all my reviews

I first saw Last House on the Left at the age of 18 at the drive in with my best girlfriend. This movie, an early outing by horror maven Wes Craven was so disturbing to me that 26 years later I am still haunted by the images on the screen. The story, of 2 young girls, approximately the same age I was when I saw the film, of being abducted, tortured, raped and then murdered is not for the faint of heart. The brutality and violence was staggering, and the film spoke volumes of the depravity of the human soul. I remember driving home with my girlfriend after watching this, and both of us were dead silent, each contemplating what we had watched and knowing that something like that could happen to us. This movie is one I know without a doubt, that I will never again watch, and now, being the parent of a daughter myself, I could never watch it and then allow her out of the house again. This is not a monster movie, the MONSTERS are human and all too real, especially in today's society filled with Ted Bundy's and The Green River Killer, this movie hits too close to home and leaves the viewer depressed and saddened at what human beings are capable of doing to other innocent people. Watch it if you dare, but be prepared to be left with a very hollow feeling after it is over.


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