Last House on the Left (2009)

Tag line : If bad people hurt someone you love, how far would you go to hurt them back?

Last House on the Left (2009)Based on the old video nasty title of the same name, the Collingwood family are spending the weekend at their lakeside summer house when their daughter Mari (Sara Paxton) decides to head into town to look up her old friend Paige (Martha MacIsaac).

Taking the family car, the two girls subsequently befriend a young lad named Justin, who says he's staying at a nearby motel, and they end up going to his room to smoke some pot with him. Unfortunately, Justin's relatives arrive home early and aren't too pleased at finding unexpected company, particularly as Justin's uncle Krug (Garret Dillahunt) has just broken out of jail and they're on the run from the law.

Marie and Paige then find themselves being taken captive by the group, who bundle them into their car and held hostage whilst they try and get across the state line, but when the two try and escape, causing a subsequent crash, Krug and his brother Francis decide to have a little "fun", brutally raping the 2 girls, before shooting them and leaving them for dead.

In a bizarre twist of fate, the fugitives end up asking for help at the nearby Collingwood house, not realising the couple are related to one of their victims. Of course, when the parents discover who these people are and what they've done to their daughter, who they find still barely alive, they decide to exact a very bloody revenge on them, that is not in keeping with the Hippocratic oath (I mentioned they were doctors didn't I?).

Bloody and brutal, the film might not quite be in the same calibre as the original, but it certainly doesn't hold back on the punches. Whilst  the scenes of rape and violence may not have the same impact in the current climate of torture-porn horrors, it is certainly no less shocking. Although I wasn't too sure about the ending, which appeared to be tacked on.

Fans of the original will almost certainly want to check this out, but please note. There's no goofy cops in this version.

Overall marks : 6/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • The film was intended as a direct to DVD release, but after receiving positive test screenings, they decide to release it theatrically.

  • Dennis Lliadis was given the directors job after the studio execs were impressed by his 2004 film "Hardcore".

  • The film was actually shot in South Africa, it was going to be shot in Westport Connecticut in the US, which was the setting of the original, but they had to change locations owing to threats of bad weather.

  • The rape sequence took 17 hours to film.

  • The Collingwood's house was specially built for the film.

  • The scenes in the forest were filmed prior to the motel scenes, which take place earlier in the film. If you look at the two girls when they're in the motel, there are noticeable bruises on their arms and legs which the make-up department had difficulty trying to hide.

  • Producer Jonathon Craven is the son of Wes Craven, who directed the original. Johnathon also appeared in the original "Last House.." as the young lad with the ballon, which Krug popped with his cigar.

  • The DVD release of the film ran approximately 4mins longer than the theatrical version. Whilst some of the cuts, to the rape sequence and the violence, were at the insistence of the US ratings board to get an R rating, most of the cut footage was for time or pacing reasons.

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