The Last House on the Left (2009)
USA (dir. Dennis Iliadis)
Synopsis: 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.
Review: As a revenge film, this movie succeeds, but as a horror film, it falters a bit. I’d never think in a million years they’d remake this movie, considering how the original was (please refer to my review on the one made in the ’70s), but somehow, Hollywood sank low enough to remake it. I’m surprised by the results considering the prestige of the executive producers (i.e. Sean Cunningham and Wes Craven). Really suprised. They made it a bit more emotional and super dramatic in certain places (i.e. rape scene), and in other places they trimmed down the horror. Actually, in comparison to the original, they didn’t just trim down the horror, but axe it completely. I mean, come on… no penis biting as per the original?! No chainsaws!? Just a microwave, a garbage sink disposer, and a various other kitchen accessories (I half expected Mari’s mother to impale someone’s brain with a wine bottle opener, but alas I was expecting too much.) At least we can all be thankful that the remake cleverly decided to “forget” the involvement of the town’s blundering police force. Good, but not exceptional, which is sad because I was hoping that this one would outshine the original by many many miles.