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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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Horror | Thriller

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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Country:

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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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$32,721,635, 10 May 2009

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$45,482,936, 8 March 2010
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| (unrated)

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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According to Gorezone Magazine, the film was intended for a direct-to-video release in October of 2009, however, after positive test screenings in the fall of 2008, it was decided to release the film theatrically. See more »

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When John, a doctor, is giving Mari mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, he does not tilt her head back. 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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References The Virgin Spring (1960) See more »

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Efficient and unpleasant update
20 April 2012 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

The Hollywood remakes continue unabated with this redo of the notorious Wes Craven shocker from 1972 which involves a couple of teenage girls falling foul of a criminal gang and the violent consequences that ensue. The Wes Craven film remains chilling to this day for its low budget, grainy look and feel which gives it a fuzzy, could-almost-be-a-snuff-movie type vibe. This remake is, inevitably, bigger and slicker, with more explosive action and high-end camera-work. It may not be as downright disturbing as Craven's movie but as remakes go it's one of the better ones out there.

The imposing Garret Dillahunt stars as Krug, the leader of a criminal family, for whom kidnapping, rape, extortion and murder are the order of the day. The scenes in which he captures the two girls and then subjects them to a horrendous ordeal within the woods is still a powerfully shocking moment, although thankfully it doesn't go into as much unpleasant detail as in the Craven movie. The scene then shifts to the titular location, which for me is where the film really gets going: it's all about the suspense inherent in waiting for the parents to find out what happened and then watching what they do about it, the classic home invasion premise.

What ensues both delights and disappoints. There's a violent and lengthy scene in which a character is attacked which really pays off, but aside from that what follows is a little disappointing – not least the tacked-on ending involving a microwave, which takes the mildly realistic events of the previous movie and trashes them with a frankly outrageous and unbelievable gore scene.

The cast is pretty good, which seems to be the norm for these modern-day remakes (aside from the teen slashers, in which the cast remain drivelling). Dillahunt excels in the role which made David Hess's name; he's no Hess, but he gets close at times. Tony Goldwyn, previously a villain in the likes of THE LAST SAMURAI, is particularly good as the father caught up in events spiralling out of control, although Monica Potter as the mother has little to work with. Yes, there are a couple of unwise twists where the plot deviates from the original – and horror fans will be disappointed there's no chainsaw this time around – but for the most part this is a workable suspense thriller with enough viciousness to appease moviegoers looking for their latest violent fix.


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