Blu-ray Disc Features:
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 24 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: September 13, 2011
- Originally Released: 1972
- Label: MGM (Video & DVD)
- Note: Audio commentary by director Wes Craven and producer Sean Cunningham
- Audio commentary with actors David Hess, Marc Sheffler and Fred Lincoln
- Still standing: The Legacy of the Last House on the Left featurette with Wes Craven
- Celluloid Crime of the Century documentary
- Scoring Las House featurette
- Tales That'll Tear Your Heart Out unfinished short film by Wes Craven
- Deleted scene: Mari Dying at the Lake
- Never-berfore-seen footage
- It's Only a Movie featurette
- Outtakes & dailies
- Forbidden footage
- Theatrical trailer
- Dual Layer
- Collectors Edition
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- DTS HD Master Audio - English
- Subtitles - French, Spanish
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Total Film - 12/01/2008
3 stars out of 5 -- "Cruel and unflinching....It remains raw and unsettling."
Wes Craven's nightmarish odyssey of revenge helped to usher in a new era of graphic horror filmmaking in the early 1970s. Inspired by Ingmar Bergman's THE VIRGIN SPRING (1960), THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT is a parent's worst nightmare come to terrifying life. Beautiful 17-year-olds Mari (Sandra Cassel) and Phyllis (Lucy Grantham) head into the city for a rock concert, but once there, they're kidnapped by three repulsive, sadistic escaped convicts led by Krug Stillo (a menacing David Hess). After the gang drives the girls into the woods, where they rape and murder them, the disheveled crew ends up at the home of none other than Mari's parents, John (Gaylord St. James) and Estelle (Cynthia Carr). When John discovers who has unknowingly walked into his home, he exacts a revenge that makes the convicts' actions seem tame by comparison.
Working on a shoestring budget and coaxing naturalistic performances out of his actors (with the exception of two bumbling law enforcement officers), Craven displays the talent that he would later develop on a grand scale with A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET and SCREAM. Certainly not for the fainthearted, THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT remains one of the most visceral horror films ever made.
Essential Cinema |
Theatrical Release |
- Theatrical release: August 30, 1972
- A variation of the character name Krug would later be used by Craven once again in his A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET series (Freddy Krueger).
- The theatrical release of this film ran 91 minutes.