Last House on the Left (Rated R)
Gavin Grade: C
Prior to seeing this movie, I saw the reviews of some other critics. ¬†Wow, did they hate it! ¬†The #1 reason for most of their hate was the fact that it was "unflinching" or "savage" or "disgustingly brutal." ¬†Does it make me a horrible person when I say that it wasn't savage or brutal enough for me? ¬†I wouldn't call myself a fan of the original 1972 movie, but I do like it and think it's a good example of horror. ¬†The original, although it was extremely low budget, was ten times worse! ¬†The slug line on the poster was "To avoid fainting, keep telling yourself that it's only a movie." ¬†Don't worry, you're in no danger of fainting with this version. ¬†Yes, there is a terrible rape scene. ¬†Yes, there is heaps of violence. ¬†But it's almost like the watered-down version of what the story was. ¬†In the original there was¬†disemboweling, carving of names into the skin and even the biting off of male genitals. ¬†All of that was taken out of this newer,¬†sleeker, and more expensive version. So again, does it make me sick to be disappointed that they took that out? ¬†This remake was even Produced by the original writer and director, Wes Craven. ¬†You'd think he'd veto some of the changes. ¬†He also oversaw the remake of another old movie of his "The Hills Have Eyes." ¬†That was a huge improvement over the original and it made me excited for this. ¬†I was sadly letdown. ¬†But that's not to say that there weren't some improvements. ¬†For one, the acting is much better in this than it was in 1972. ¬†The casting of Monica Potter (Saw, Patch Adams) and Tony Goldwin (Ghost, voice of Tarzan) was great. ¬†I thought they did a great job of making you feel their hurt and pain when finding out what happened to their daughter. ¬†The director is a guy named Dennis Iliadis, and to my knowledge he hasn't done much of anything else before. ¬†Not bad for a first attempt, but that might have been the problem. ¬†You give the reigns of a movie like this to a fledgling director and you're gonna get exactly what it was; high on production value but low on intensity.