Sunday, October 25, 2009

To avoid fainting, keep repeating "It's only a movie... It's only a movie..."

Hello lovelies!  For my #7 pick I chose the classic horror-thriller, The Last House on the Left (1972), written and directed by Wes Craven.  The film is about a pair of teenage girls who are headed to a rock concert; while trying to score some weed, the girls are kidnapped by a gang of psychotic convicts.  But that is only the beginning... after the convicts kidnap, rape, and butcher the girls, they unknowingly seek refuge with the parents of one of the victims.  Little do they know that they parents turn out to be even more brutal then they are.

This movie is seriously scary and pretty twisted.  Some of the things you see... well, I'm not even sure that kind of thing would fly today.  I mean even when I saw the 2009 remake (which got an R rating), they had  tamed it down quite a bit.  And after reading about the making of the film online, I was pretty shocked to discover that Craven had intended it to be even more "hardcore" and "graphic," but was advised to edit it down to a softer film before it was released.  Nevertheless, the film still faced problems with censorship and was even  banned in the UK in the 1980s into the 1990s.

This film seems to be under-appreciated but it truly is good, homespun sadism at its best!  Oh, and who can forget that awesome banjo music? Classic! 

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