• Last House on the Left (1972)

Last House on the Left

Release Date: August 30th, 1972

DVD Release Date: August 27th, 2002

R |1 hr 31 min

Plot Summary

Teenagers Mari (Sandra Cassel) and Phyllis (Lucy Grantham) head to the city for a concert, then afterward go looking for drugs. Instead, they find a gang of escaped convicts who subject them to a night of torture and rape. The gang then kills the girls in the woods, not realizing they're near Mari's house. When they pose as salesmen and are taken in by Mari's mother (Cynthia Carr) and father (Gaylord St. James), it doesn't take the parents long to figure out their identities and plot revenge.

Cast: Sandra Cassel, Lucy Grantham, David Hess, F.J. Lincoln, Jeramie Rain, Marc Sheffler, Gaylord St. James, Cynthia Carr

Director: Wes Craven

Genres: Horror

Production Co: The Night Co, Sean S. Cunningham Films, Lobster Enterprises

Distributors: Hallmark Releasing Corp., Vestron Video, MGM Home Entertainment

Keywords: Mother, Murder, Revenge, 1970s, Father

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    A tough, bitter little sleeper of a movie that's about four times as good as you'd expect. show more

  • 75
    Ed GonzalezSlant Magazine

    It’s the ultimate Vietnam allegory, except there’s no room for peace here, just war. show more

  • 80
    Time Out

    This sub-$100,000 exploitation movie fused the sleazy intensity of the grindhouse with the piercing intelligence of an art film, and remains a brutal but rewarding experience. show more

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