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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 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) Expand
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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. Reviewed by: Olivia Putnal
    The storyline was actually believable, surrounding a family willing to do anything to save one another. A horror film turned feel-good.
  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. Reviewed by: Jason Buchanan
    The result is a glossy, engaging suspense film that jettisons much of its predecessor's sadism and subtext in favor of crowd-pleasing revenge violence.
  5. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    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. This remake is merely vile (and dull).

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 34
  2. Negative: 14 out of 34
  1. JaneR
    Mar 21, 2009
    Not as good as the original but still effective.
  2. MirandaH
    Aug 29, 2009
    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. Brandi
    Sep 12, 2009
    Good Movie, great actors. very intense, not too scary more of an action packed suspense. HOWEVER I watched this last night, and still feel sick about the rape scene. Very detailed, and WAY too long, My fiance and I watched this, and we both felt the same regarding that scene. If you get past that, it is a great movie. Expand
  4. Aug 25, 2012
    This film surprised me in the fact that I wasn't bored by it. Still it wasn't the best thriller/horror remake I have ever seen but it is no where near the bottom either. The tension built through the film really well. Expand
  5. TedH.
    Mar 25, 2009
    Anyone who saw the 1972 original will be utterly disappointed with this streamlined and unimaginative remake. The acting was much better and the editing smooth but the changes to the storyline, the new methods of disposing of the rapists and the "perfect ending" took away from what made the original so thought provoking and haunting. Gone are the elements of torture and rape that made the first Wes Craven effort so jarring. Also gone is the documentary style filming that made the original seem even more real. I was greatly disappointed considering the quality of actors, the budget and the experience Wes Craven has gained in 37 years. A total waste of time and money! Expand
  6. Nov 29, 2010
    This was one of those movies that just plain didn't deliver. You know, the type where the characters are just plain irritating. Build up build up and then nothing. The stupidity of the girls that got them into trouble in the first place and the seemingly helplessness of the parents when dealing with the rapists crew. The whole damn movie was a waste of time. Right up there with Ishtar in my book. Best part of the movie was the revenge dished out at the end, pardon the pun. Expand
  7. joe
    Mar 21, 2009
    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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