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Last House on the Left

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Tookey's Rating
3 /10
Average Rating
4.23 /10
Tony Goldwyn, Monica Potter, Sara Paxton
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Directed by: Dennis Iliadis
Written by: Carl Ellsworth, Adam Alleca, based on the screenplay by Wes Craven

Released: 2009
Origin: US
Length: 100

May have you looking for the nearest exit.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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The Last House on the Left is a remake of Wes Craven’s notoriously sleazy 1972 slasher film, itself a remake (though a very coarse one) of Ingmar Bergman’s 1959 art-house classic The Virgin Spring. Dennis Iliadis, clearly influenced by Michael Haneke’s Funny Games, has turned it into a polished, well acted but extremely unpleasant revenge drama, in which a nice, middle-class husband and wife (Tony Goldwyn, pictured left, and Monica Potter, right) take gory revenge on working-class scumbags who have raped and shot their teenage daughter (Sara Paxton, pictured centre).

At first, there’s guilty pleasure to be had from watching bad guys getting their come-uppance, but this turns to unease as we begin to realise these good guys are as psychopathic as the people they are out to kill. It has none of the underlying humanity of that other middle-class revenge thriller Eden Lake, and by the end I found the experience repulsive, as well as deeply exploitative of its audience’s worst instincts.

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