With David Hess, Sandra Cassell, Lucy Grantham, Richard Towers, Cynthia Carr, Fred J. Lincoln, Jeramie Rain, Marshall Anker

Written & Directed by Wes Craven (Based on an early screenplay by Ulla Isaksson for Ingmar Bergman’s The Virgin Spring)

The original tag-line for Wes Craven’s directorial debut read:
To Avoid Fainting, Keep Repeating,
“It’s Only A Movie… Only A Movie…. Only A Movie…"

By today’s standards the movie is hardly that intense, due to our desensitization of being exposed to violence on the news, TV shows and movies.
Here a young girl (Mari) and her friend try to score some dope, but land in the hideout of a violent gang led by the recently escaped Krug. They kidnap the girls, humiliate and violate them, ending in murder. Coincidence has the Krugs end up seeking refuge at the home of Mari’s parents. When they discover that the gang has harmed their child, they retaliate with full force.
With its low budget the tacky and grainy look aides in giving the movie a more gritty feel as the viewer is forced to witness the evil deeds of these immoral creatures, and the vengeance unloaded upon them for their wrongdoing.

The movie has been targeted as being a gratuitous orgy of rape and murder, while others would see it as a reaction to the post-hippie era, a reflection on man’s sadistic capabilities, or the moral question of whether we as normal people are capable of lashing out in violence as reprisal.

This Australian DVD release of the movie includes two commentary tracks, one by writer/director Wes Craven and Producer Sean S. Cunningham, and another with stars David Hess, Marc Sheffler and Fred Lincoln; a 40 minute interview featurette with Writer/Director Wes Craven, Producer Sean S. Cunningham and cast members David Hess, Martin Kove, Fred Lincoln, Jeramie Rain and Mark Sheffler, entitled "Celluloid Crime Of The Century"; a featurette on the scoring of Last House; Image Gallery; Theatrical Trailers; TV & Radio Spots.

3 / C
- Paul Blom

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- A - B
- C

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6 - Volcanic
5 - Blistering
4 - Hot
3 - Smolder
2 - Room Temperature
1 - Fizzled
0 - Extinguished

A: Multi-Viewing Potential

B: Could Enjoy A 2nd Look

C: Once Should Suffice

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