Starring: Garret Dillahunt, Monica Potter, Sara Paxton, Michael Bowen
Directed By: Dennis Illiadis
This film is a remake of a 1972 film written/directed by horror legend, Wes Craven. I didn’t think this would be any good, I just saw it ’cause there was nothing else playing, and since I enjoy horror flicks on a regular basis, I decided to check this film out to make time fly by. Review of film below…
Plot/synopsis: A family whose name is the Collingwoods, go on a vacation trip, to their 2nd vacation home, which their vacation home is right near a lake. While the Collingwood’s daughter who name is Mari goes out to spend some time with her best friend, Paige as soon as they arrive at their vacation house. Mari and Paige meets a new friend, a young boy name Justin who the two girls parties with at some motel room. Suddenly, 2 men and another woman show up at the motel room which happens to be theirs.
The three people that walked in the room: Krug, Francis and Sadie happens to be dangerous gang members, who they helped Krug bust out of prison. Krug, Francis, and Sadie all kidnap the two young girls: Mari and Paige. Paige gets murdered by one of them, and Mari gets raped by Krug, and later shot in the back while swimming in the lake trying to escape.
After the hell raising moments: Krug, Francis, Sadie, and Justin has decided to crash for the night at the Collingwoods vacation home by politely asking the married couple for hospitality. The gang members pretended nothing has happened and acting like normal people, not criminals. The Collingwoods parents don’t even know their daughter, Mari, is in danger. The Collingwoods allow the four people to sleep in their home for the night, claiming they had a car accident on the way.
More hell breaks loose when the gang finds out this is the house that Mari lives in and she is still alive.
I was very surprised of the film. I was actually entertained and enjoyed it pretty much through out the film. I wasn’t bored and was kind of hooked. I didn’t see the original 1972 film but after seeing this, makes me want to see Wes Craven’s original.
This film kept you at the edge of your seat all the way through. The plot may sound kind of silly, but it’s kind of realistic if you think about it. You go on vacation to some far away place, and you never know, you can run into some very dangerous people. Yes, it can happen in real life. I think that’s what this movie wanted to show, that going on vacation isn’t always safe.
That’s as far as I’ll go with the plot, ’cause I don’t want to spoil things. I was surprised to see that I was the only person in the theater seeing this film. Yes, I was alone in the movie theater for this one. Oh well, I’m not heartbroken about it, ’cause I like watching films in peace and quiet. So I have a feeling that this film won’t do well in box office. Just because a film bombs in the box office, doesn’t mean it’s crap. I’ve seen plenty of great movies that bombed in theaters.
I honestly thought this was a pretty good film. Nothing excellent or amazing, but I was entertained. The killings in this film were pretty nasty, much nastier than the new “Friday the 13th” remake. I find it more of an action film, than horror, ’cause there is a lot of fighting in this movie. “Last House on the Left” remake, wasn’t bad at all. I really enjoyed the flick. Thumbs up!
Score for “Last House on the Left” = *** (3 stars as in good)