The Last House On The Left


Beginning life as a hardcore porn flick, this exploitation remake of Ingmar Bergman's The Virgin Spring portrays the rape and murder of two teenagers. The girls' killers subsequently get theirs when they coincidentally seek refuge with one of the teens' parents.

Born out of newsreel footage of the Vietnam War and Craven's desire to show violence as it really is - "ugly, nasty, protracted" - Last House remains tough, troubling viewing. Nothing the BBFC can do about it, either: removing 31 seconds of sexual humiliation is one thing, but it's the slapstick cops and jaunty music (banjo, kazoo) that really disturb.

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