While being transported by two detectives in a car, the dangerous criminal Krug is rescued by his brother Francis and his girlfriend Sadie, and they brutally kill the detectives.
Meanwhile Emma, her husband Dr. John and their seventeen year-old daughter Mari Collingwood head on vacation to their house nearby the lake. Mari borrows the family car to meet her friend, Paige, that is working in a store in the town. They befriend the teenager Justin in the store and he offers some marijuana to the pothead Paige in the motel where he is lodged.
While they are smoking grass in Justin’s room, Krug, who is Justin’s father, Francis and Sadie arrive and abduct the girls. Krug drives Mari’s car and she provokes a crash on a tree. Krug stabs Paige and rapes Mari; however Mary manages to escape, swimming in the lake, but Krug shoots her on the back. They walk through the isolated road in the woods and they reach Collingwood’s house telling that they have just had a car accident. Emma and John welcome the strangers, until they discover what happened to their beloved daughter.
I thought this version of “The Last House on the Left” was a great remake. When comparing this version to the original, I thought neither one comes out on top. The reason why I think it’s equal is because both version have their unique great scenes. This version seemed to be a lot more watered down, though. I felt like they should have had the scene, where the mother bit off Francis’ (which was actually Fred, in the original) penis and spit it out on the ground, by the lake. Although, I did like how they diced up his hand in the kitchen sink and then ran the hammer through his head. I thought that was probably the best scene, besides the very ending. The microwave was such a great scene and I don’t recall any movie doing anything like that before, in the past.
The only real issue I had with this movie was Mari living. I know they wanted to change the script around some, but they should have left her dead. I know it sounds bad, but I thought it made the movie softer and less intense.
If I could do the screenwriting for this movie, I would have changed the death scenes to more intense versions. For example, I would have left the lake scene with the mother and Francis. As for Sadie, instead of her being shot in the head, I would have had it where Mari’s father returns the favor and rapes Sadie with the shower curtain rod. Also, have it where he kicks the end of the rod and it goes completely up inside her and out through her mouth. Yeah, I know, MPAA would have my movie banned for just that scene alone lol. As for Krug, Justin’s father, the family should have completely tortured him and cut off finger by finger and then toe by toe and then his penis. Can tell I watch too many horror movies, huh?
Anyways, back to the review… I thought the acting was great. I didn’t really have any complaints about any of them, to be honest. They kept the same amount of cast members and almost the same storyline, which is probably the best thing they did. Also, I liked how they kept most of the same names of characters. I really didn’t like the change of introductions, though, but somehow, it was okay.
The reason why I enjoyed this film so much was because you don’t see too many movies where there’s revenge involved. It’s probably my favorite thing about this movie. All those horror movies you see, with your favorite character getting killed and you know how it would feel to the parents or family member, when they find out. Then all of a sudden, out of nowhere, you’re given the chance to get even with the people/person who killed your child/husband/wife/mother/father/etc.
If you haven’t seen this version yet, it’s definitely worth watching. If you haven’t seen the original version, I would advise watching that one, first. Out of both versions, I still like the original version a lot better.
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