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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

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It's just across the street from "Joe". 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:

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

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

During the dinner scene Krug asks "Mind if I smoke?". When he exits the scene, the candle he used was extinguished and in the next scene it was still lit. 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 »

Connections

References A Clockwork Orange (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Now You're All Alone
Written and Performed by David Hess
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User Reviews

 
"And the road leads to nowhere..."
6 June 2001 | by Vince-5See all my reviews

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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