THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT
TAG LINE : TO AVOID FAINTING, KEEP REPEATING, ITS ONLY A MOVIE!
RELEASED BY REPLAY
CATORGRY NUMBER : R 1013
RUNTIME : 77 MINUTES 23 SECONDS
AKA : KRUG AND COMPANY, SEX CRIME OF THE CENTURY, THE MEN'S ROOM AND NIGHT OF VENGEANCE!
DIRECTOR : WES CRAVEN
COUNTRY : USA
YEAR : 1972
STARRING : SANDRA CASSELL, LUCY GRANTHAM, DAVID HESS, FRED LINCOLN AND GAYLORD ST. JAMES
Notorious nasty from Wes Craven, who was to bring A Nightmare on Elm Street to our attention 12 years later. Released in 1972 on the Replay label, with the infamous black sleeve containing the phrase “Its only a movie..”
The story involves four escaped criminals - 3 men and a woman - who kidnap a couple of teenage girls who are on their way to a concert. David Hess plays the lead villain, Krug, who bears more than a passing resemblance to the role of Alex, who he was later to play in House on the Edge of the Park several years down the line.
As the film kicks off, we get all of the usual girly chatting and putting on make-up crap as the two girls, Mari and Phyllis, get ready to go to a local concert. Foolishly for them, they decide to score some grass on the way, and meet up with the thugs, Krug, Sadie, Weasel and Junior. The two girls get abducted by the gang, and end up in nearby woodland not far from Mari’s house.
Here, the film gains its notoriety, as the girls are man-handled, ridiculed, raped, and in an amusing take, one of the girls is forced to stand there and piss herself. It isn’t long before the gang have had their sordid way with the girls, and end up bumping them off as they are of no further use to them. They then proceed to a local house, which is actually owned by Mari’s unsuspecting parents.
Here, after getting the gang pissed, the parents eventually learn of their
daughter’s treatment, they flip and turn the tables on the gang, as
one by one they are subjected to cartoon-type violence. Weasel goes outside
with the mother to try and pork her and she bites his knob off, and Krug ends
up fighting against the father as he (looks ridiculous) weiling a chainsaw
around his living room. The cartoon violence spoils the film to a point as
the scenes in the woods are particularly well acted and disturbing.
WRITTEN BY TONY FRIZZELL
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