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  • Summary: The night she arrives at the remote Collingwood lakehouse, Mari and her friend are kidnapped by a prison escapee and his crew. Terrified and left for dead, Mari's only hope is to make it back to parents John and Emma. Unfortunately, her attackers unknowingly seek shelter at the one place sheThe night she arrives at the remote Collingwood lakehouse, Mari and her friend are kidnapped by a prison escapee and his crew. Terrified and left for dead, Mari's only hope is to make it back to parents John and Emma. Unfortunately, her attackers unknowingly seek shelter at the one place she could be safe. And when her family learns the horrifying story, they will make three strangers curse the day they came to The Last House on the Left. (Universal) Collapse
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 27
  2. Negative: 9 out of 27
  1. Hinges on humiliation and vengeance, which makes it like most other modern horror titles. Its focus on sexual assault, however, puts it in a different, more primal league.
  2. Horror fans anticipating grisly laughs are in for a jolt. Because the new Last House, though terrifying, is never, ever fun.
  3. Adheres sufficiently closely to the original template so as not to offend purists and manages to pack an intensely visceral punch of its own, most effectively in the extended setup.
  4. 50
    Like the current hit "Taken," Last House 2009 packs a vicarious jolt that might feel cathartic to certain moviegoers.
  5. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    40
    This new House tries to sustain a grave, heavy sense of threat. It fails, through its villainy.
  6. 30
    The rape scene is, admittedly, as brutal as any I've seen in recent memory, but much of what Iliadis shows us is a direct riff on the original.
  7. 0
    It's a gore sundae with an S&M cherry on top.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 35
  2. Negative: 14 out of 35
  1. JaneR
    Mar 21, 2009
    10
    Not as good as the original but still effective.
  2. MirandaH
    Aug 29, 2009
    9
    This movie was pretty good. But it also was pretty messed up. If your queezy I would not recommend This movie for you. Little kids should This movie was pretty good. But it also was pretty messed up. If your queezy I would not recommend This movie for you. Little kids should defenitly not watch it either! Expand
  3. Oct 15, 2010
    8
    It was a very interesting movie with awesome acting and a great plot. Though lacking a little atmosphere and suspense, i'd say it's a goodIt was a very interesting movie with awesome acting and a great plot. Though lacking a little atmosphere and suspense, i'd say it's a good movie overall. Expand
  4. Nov 16, 2014
    5
    Last House on the Left: 5 out of 10: Close but no cigar. Honestly anyone who remembers 1972’s shocking version of the Virgin Spring had toLast House on the Left: 5 out of 10: Close but no cigar. Honestly anyone who remembers 1972’s shocking version of the Virgin Spring had to know this remake would pull back the reigns. It would be like a remake of “I Spit on your Grave”... just not likely in these conservative and commercial times. Well at least they did not make it PG-13.

    They screw up they remake early with two changes. The bad guys are bad guys from the start. There is no connection with the audience. No sense that they are travelling down a path as well; they do not connect with the audience as the hippies of the first film did. There is no sense that they are exploring there boundaries or challenging themselves. They start fully formed as black hats.

    The second mistake is moving the story out of a regular middle class neighborhood and into a millionaires’ nature retreat. There is something shocking about violence among the shag carpeting and wood paneling of suburbia (The original movie was from 1972 after all) that is lost with the large Architectural Digest house perfectly clean and decorated. (Though with the filmiest wooden furniture this side of a thirties Western).

    The rape is much less graphic than the original and the sense of sadism and intimacy of the first film is lost. On the plus side, Tony Goldwyn and Monica Potter give great performances as the parents and the revenge scenes are not completely without a sense of fun.

    If this film was called something else, I might have gone easier on it. As a Last House on the Left film, it is a glossy shadow of its predecessor.
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  5. SteveS
    Aug 26, 2009
    3
    Why cant we just have great horror movies anymore without complicating everything. I get it was more of a thriller, but Craven at least had Why cant we just have great horror movies anymore without complicating everything. I get it was more of a thriller, but Craven at least had me wondering! Expand
  6. Golder
    May 28, 2009
    2
    As a pre-warning, this review is a little shorter than it really should be, for reasons you'll come to understand, typically, shortly. As a pre-warning, this review is a little shorter than it really should be, for reasons you'll come to understand, typically, shortly. When I saw this being advertised I was hoping to find a well managed movie due to Wes Cracen producing (or shadowing) what was his original creation back in the 1970's. The film begins alright as much films usually do, introducing the basis of the film and it's main characters in timely fashion. The music isn't bad, it seems to suit the film very well even though it appears to be more melodramatic than needs to be at the start, we can let that slip though. The acting seems pretty natural, I was surprised at how the younger actors didn't over emphasise every panicked line with arms flailing all over the place. They seemed cold, frightened and eerily still, frozen to the spot. I havn't got much more to compliment this film on, as I said before, due to the fact that I stopped watching the film soon after sitting myself in the cinema. If i'd know there was going to be a rape scene in the movie I'd never have gone to see it. I think that fact should be highlighted, in text, during theatrical trailors for films that contain such filth. I had to get out of my chair when this started to unfold and ask for my money back, which I got. Needles to say I think I'll be double checking next time I see a horror movie. A 2 for the efforts that I saw until the let down. Expand
  7. joe
    Mar 21, 2009
    0
    For being a horror movie this movie has no suspense, fright, terror, or climax. Just graphic rape scene and over the top violence. Human For being a horror movie this movie has no suspense, fright, terror, or climax. Just graphic rape scene and over the top violence. Human mutilation is not scary. Expand

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