Wes Craven’s infamous 1972 film has accrued a mighty reputation and taken its place among such similarly uncompromising and controversial fare as Driller Killer, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and I Spit on Your Grave.
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Down to brass tacks: we're aware that this is pretty puerile stuff; that's its selling point. But LAST HOUSE remains a stand-alone kind of sick. Its stark disjointedness of tone and tendency to jocularity keep the viewer in a state of unaccustomed imbalance. And it digs neural grooves. You don't forget it. There's a deep nihilist pleasure here. The movie genuinely seems to be against life. This the Age of Aquarius?
Despite its plot contrivances and swings into buffoon-comedy, few films show terror as grim and affective. Methodical in its run time, a gritty, docu-drama approach, and ending without a traditional epilogue, this is horror as a reaction: throwing the viewer into disarray. It's so resoundingly haunting, disturbing, and powerful when it's in horror mode that you soon realize the dumb humor actually lets you breathe.
Wes Craven's first effort as a director, about the family of a girl who is raped and murdered enacting bloody revenge on her killers, is a bizarre, tonally schizophrenic mishmash of comedy and horror. It awkwardly switches back and forth between scenes of gruesome violence and odd comic relief. Still, it's an effectively gritty low budget chiller that broke new ground for teen horror.
Firstly, this film does a lot more than recreate Bergman/Nykvist's wildlife imagery; it maintains and reinterprets the narrative from a contemporary perspective. Secondly, this is not, (as someone below said) a 'Virgin Spring remake' ... it is simply a reinterpretation of the classical narrative, originally derived from Nordic folklore. I'm sorry but one should really research before offering up such a harsh critique
That was really really bad acting and poor directing it would make I Spit On Your Grave looked like an Oscar movie. But that was 70s and it was campy low budget film and i heard some provocative scenes has been edited.
Interesting exploitation. Some good characters and scenes. However the music choices in this film really really threw me off. Scenes and moments that could have been creepy seemed kinda ruined (and honestly felt dated). I'm not one to normally complain about stuff like this but it was very glaring to me. I did like the transition from upstanding family to absurd murderers. Overall I thought it was ok.