Aaron paul last house on the left

Aaron paul last house on the left
In The Last House on the Left, Sadie (Riki Lindhome), Krug (Garret Dillahunt) and Francis (Aaron Paul) find unexpected visitors in their hotel.
Photo: Lacey Terrell/Rogue Pictures Dennis Iliadis' remake of Wes Craven’s The Last House on the Left is both predictable, due to its familiar source material, yet unpleasantly novel at the same time. Unlike the modernized Friday the 13th, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and even Craven’s reboot of The Hills Have Eyes, there are no masked or disfigured villains on the hunt. House deals with real people doing terrible things.

As in the original, this House features a gang of killers led by Krug (Garret Dillahunt, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles).

(Spoiler alert: Plot details follow.)

First, the criminals in this R-rated remake abduct and torture two 16-year-old girls. Believing they have finished off innocent out-of-towner Mari (Sara Paxton) and her pot-smoking friend Paige (Martha McIsaac), the sadists take shelter in Mari’s home where the girl's parents are forced to confront heartbreak and evil head-on.

And here's where The Last House on the Left gets problematic. The father and mother learn that kitchen knives work better than dish towels. It's tense and effective, but in the original, Craven reminded us that savagery is cruel, whether wielded by killer or housewife. Here, the violence plays like cathartic entertainment and entirely misses the point.

Despite the horror that this group spawns, it never really seems quite genuine. Dillahunt’s conversations with Shirley Manson on The Sarah Connor Chronicles, for example, come across as being much more threatening than the brute force displayed here. Likewise, Sadie (Riki Lindhome) keeps bringing up a poor-versus-rich mentality that never quite meshes.

In his previous film, Hardcore, director Iliadis contemplated abused youth whose frustrations lead to an outbreak of violence. Sustaining a similarly tense tone in Last House on the Left, he skillfully weaves in a water motif via swimming pools, showers, rain and blood-filled lakes.

Yet the picture lacks depth. When the original Last House came out in 1972, it was deemed a sign of the times, filled with fearful images associated with the Vietnam War and free-spirited hippies. We now face the Iraq war and a fresh plague of horrors, but none of that warrants the senseless sadism presented in this retread.

The boundaries of good versus evil are clearly marked from the opening scene, setting up a world view far more conservative than its predecessor. The filmmakers serve up a clearcut lesson: Vigilante justice is as American as apple pie.

Wired: Action scenes find new uses for that old microwave.

Tired: Re-imagined reboot lacks imagination.


Aaron paul last house on the left

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Movie Info

Mari and her friend look forward to a holiday at the remote Collingwood lakehouse, but instead an escaped convict (Garret Dillahunt) and his crew kidnap them and later leave them for dead. Mari makes her way back home, where her parents, John (Tony Goldwyn) and Emma (Monica Potter), have unwittingly offered shelter to the thugs. When John and Emma find out what happened to their daughter, they decide to make the strangers rue the day they harmed Mari.

  • Rating:

    R (Language|Disturbing Images|Some Drug Use|Nudity|Rape|Sadistic Brutal Violence)

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    Horror, Mystery & thriller

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  • Release Date (Theaters):

    Mar 13, 2009  wide

  • Release Date (Streaming):

    Sep 7, 2010

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  • Runtime:

    1h 50m

  • Distributor:

    Universal Studios

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  • Paige : Okay, so can we please just go now?

    Francis : [holding a knife to her]  Aw, Paige.

    Paige : Please!

    Sadie : Do you not like us, Paige?

    Krug : I'm sorry ladies. We just can't risk it.

  • Francis : I hate cell phones! Everyhwere you turn nothing but texting and yakking and texting.

  • Francis : [while John stitches his nose]  Aw, that fucking hurts!

    Krug : Oh man up, Frank.

  • John Collingwood : You know, you should probably just sleep here tonight.

    Krug : Oh, well, no. We couldn't do that.

    John Collingwood : I don't think you have much choice.

    Krug : We just don't want to impose, is all.

    Emma Collingwood : Well it's really not a problem. We have a guest house, so...

    Krug : [putting his arm around Justin]  Well whatever you think. Whatever's easiest.

    Francis : Yeah, we're very easy.

What was cut from Last House on the Left?

Some of the stuff cut included more scenes between the two dumb cops and a shocking scene where Sadie reels out Phyllis's intestines after the bad guys have stabbed her, finally making them realize how disgusting what they're doing is. A brief glimpse of this scene can be seen on the 84-minute video version.

Where was The Last House on the Left shot?

The film was shot on location for seven days in New York City, as well as Long Island, followed by shoots in rural locations outside of Westport, Connecticut. While filming in Connecticut, the cast and crew spent much time at producer Cunningham's family's home.

Is the movie Last House on the Left a true story?

The Last House on the Left is allegedly based on a true story about the brutal murder of two teenage girls by escaped convicts out in the boonies. Basically, this movie is two parts. The first are the scenes leading up to and including the rape, torture, and murder of the girls by the four convicts.

What happened to the brother in The Last House on the Left?

Mari chooses to stay in the guest house, which is a little walk away from the house. It turns out that Mari had an older brother named Ben, who died last year. It's clear that the parents haven't gotten over his death.