Saturday, November 22, 2008

The Last House on the Left (1972)

This was Wes Craven's directorial debut. The plot is ludicrous, as Maude Lebowski would say, but the film appeals to that deep, dark part of our psyches that wants to see campy torture porn followed by sweet, sweet revenge. I never got around to seeing the cult classic I Spit on Your Grave, and proably never will at this point, but I assume that it was inspired at least in part by Last House. A few good bits of pop culture trivia came up while I was researching this one. David Hess, who plays the leader of the Manson-esque gang and also scored the film, recorded a version of Otis Blackwell's "All Shook Up" just months before Elvis Presley did. Martin Kove, who plays the idiot cop, later played the evil sensei from the Cobra Kai Dojo in The Karate Kid (versatile!). It's worth sticking around until the end to see how the mother of this poor girl gets back at her daughter's killer. Here's a hint: she pretends that she's going to do him a certain kind of really special favor, but then she bites his penis off instead.

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