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The Last House on the Left (2009)

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After kidnapping and brutally assaulting two young women, a gang unknowingly finds refuge at a vacation home belonging to the parents of one of the victims: a mother and father who devise an increasingly gruesome series of revenge tactics.

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Dennis Iliadis

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Garret Dillahunt ... Krug
Michael Bowen ... Morton
Josh Coxx ... Giles (as Josh Cox)
Riki Lindhome ... Sadie
Aaron Paul ... Francis
Sara Paxton ... Mari
Monica Potter ... Emma
Tony Goldwyn ... John
Martha MacIsaac ... Paige
Spencer Treat Clark ... Justin
Usha Khan Usha Khan ... Maid
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Storyline

After kidnapping and torturing two innocent teen girls, a group of people seek refuge in the home of the parents of one of the victimized girls. When the parents find out what happened to their daughter, they plot and carry out revenge on those that hurt her. Written by Rebekah Swain

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If someone hurt someone you love, how far would you go to get revenge? See more »

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sadistic brutal violence including a rape and disturbing images, language, nudity and some drug use | See all certifications »

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USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 March 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La venganza de la casa del lago See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,118,685, 15 March 2009

Gross USA:

$32,752,215

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$45,992,398
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| (unrated)

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Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Co-Producer Jonathan Craven appeared as a child in the original The Last House on the Left (1972). He was the young boy with the balloon that Krug bursts as he walks past on the street. See more »

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Usually microwave ovens don't work while the door is open, as depicted at the end of this movie, however earlier on in the film it is stated that the microwave is broken. See more »

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[first lines]
Morton: [telling joke to Giles] So the next week, he's even hornier. And this time, he's got twenty bucks instead of ten. He goes back to the whorehouse, he slaps down the twenty, and tells the madam he needs to get off, but he ain't going to screw no goddamn chicken this time. She says it still ain't much, but she can help. She tells him to go to the room at the top of the stairs. This time there's just a bunch of guys jerking off, but one of the jerk off guys assures him "oh hey, it's ...
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Dirge
Written by Graham Stuart Cassie, David Harper, Simon D. Harper, Tim Holmes, Richard Fearless (as Richard Maguire), Daniel Whitlock, John Yorke
Performed by Death In Vegas
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Not Bad for a Remake...But It Is an Emasculated Remake Nonetheless
27 September 2009 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

Would Wes Craven ever have believed that his films from the 70's The Hills Have Eyes and The Last House on the Left would be remade and repackaged to the public again. Here 35 years later is a remake of a truly seminal film in the American horror genre. A film so vile in many ways that it makes my top ten list of films that make you feel like you need a bath after watching them list(along with his original Hills). Craven's early work pressed and surpassed so many boundaries, and he did so in a decade when a director and a few producers with a very small budget could do so. That early film, despite its vile characteristics(and they are legion) is oddly effective and truly frightening. That film had rape, death by chainsaw, and a death by dismemberment that would make any lucid man's ears prick with terror. I knew going into the 2009 version of that film that it would be much tamer. I was right. The funny thing is that younger people today think that because a film shows a lot of blood and guts that the horror film has come "so far" from that "lame" crap from way back when. They are soooo wrong. Movies like the original Last House, Hills, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Dawn of the Dead, etc... showed enough blood and guts but really made films that had incredibly twisted and perverse edges to them. This film has a rape scene like the first, and though it is traumatizing and unpleasant it just doesn't have that unsavory nastiness of the first film. Most of the other changes were likewise effectively done or ineffective by my standards. Don't get me wrong: this film is okay and as remakes go is better than average. The direction is clear and crisp, the production values very nice, and the acting is more than adequate in many instances. The story follows about 50% of the original with some big differences in the second half that are so today and not then. They are changes that appease today's audience and its sensibilities. Though there is far more, buckets more blood in this film - the deaths appeared to me to be far less grisly. I know someone out there is saying I have to be kidding, but I am one of those individuals affected by the power of suggestion rather than having to see absolutely everything on screen(which we don't get here either). The director chosen by Craven, Iliades, does a workmanlike job creating atmosphere, taut pacing, and even some depth in some characters. Actors Tony Goldwyn and Monica Potter are very effective as the Collingwoods. Potter is a good actress and attractive to boot. She really gives the best performance in the film. The actors playing the thugs are okay, but let's face it not one of them in half as menacing as David Hess - and Garrett Dillahunt is miscast as Krug. He is too much of a pretty boy for the role. He never felt nearly as crazed and psychotic as Hess did in the original. Again, this film is not bad and like oh so many remakes of the 70's horror genre - these will become the originals in modern cultural discussion with a less well-informed public. That truly is a shame. Will they remake this film in another 35 years? If they do, then we will indeed(though I fear I will have departed by that time)live in an idiocracy.


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