The Last House on the Left is a remake of the original 1972 thriller. I never did see the original but if it was as good as this film than I might be interested in seeing it. I think the overall idea of this film was great and it’s something that is highly believable. Things like this kind of creep me out but I love watching it.
John (Tony Goldwyn), Emma (Monica Potter), and Mari Collingwood (Sara Paxton), decide to go on a family summer vacation to their lake house. After settling in, the daughter Mari asks permission to take the car and visit her friend Paige (Martha Maclsaac) in town. The two friends meet a mysterious boy by the name of Justin (Spencer Treat Clark) and decide to score some weed from him back at a motel. Justin’s dad, Krug (Garret Dillahunt) an escaped convict, shows up at the motel with his uncle and dad’s girlfriend and starts to stir things up with the girls. After the girls realize that this group of people are murderers they desperately try to convince them to let them go. This doesn’t sit well with Krug. They end up kidnapping the two girls and stealing Mari’s parents car. Krug, while searching for the highway ends up driving back towards the lake house due to Mari’s deliberate misdirection. Mari stirs things up in the backseat and causes Krug to crash the car into a tree.
Mari attempts to escape by running to the lake and swimming across until she is shot by Krug and left to bleed in the lake. A huge downpour causes Krug and the gang to seek shelter by foot. And where do they go? You guessed it… The last house on the left, which is Mari’s house of course. Surprisingly, Mari didn’t die and somehow maintains enough energy to crawl back to the lake house where she is found on the porch by her parents while Krug and his goons are asleep in the guest house next door. Emma finds Mari’s necklace on the counter in the kitchen and soon realizes that Mari left with it on. Emma and John quickly put two and two together and realize that their new guests are the ones that did this to their daughter. Pretty good set up huh? I thought so too. How does it all unfold from here? You’ll have rent it to see.
This is the perfect time of year for a movie like this. I will say this though… there are some pretty creative acts of torture in this movie. This movie is definitely girl/guy friendly. It’s a good one to watch with somebody although I watched it alone because I’m a big tough guy and I’m awesome.