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The remake of Wes Craven’s ‘The Last House on the Left’

How the updated version of Craven's classic horror film measures up

This remake of Wes Craven’s 1972 “trash classic” horror film, said Rafer Guzmán in Newsday, “is horribly, shamefully satisfying.” Set in and around a remote lake house, The Last House on the Left’s “main goals are to shock, titillate, enrage, and otherwise jolt your reflexes, which it does shrewdly and successfully.” (Watch the trailer)

The Last House on the Left is “fairly well-made,” said Tricia Olszewski in the Washington City Paper, and “it’s tense and unrelenting throughout.” But “I’m not convinced that watching people get tortured and killed is worthwhile as entertainment.”

This movie is nothing more than a “desperate-to-be-shocking exploitation dud,” said Owen Gleiberman in Entertainment Weekly. Wes Craven’s original version of Last House on the Left was “vile but terrifying,” while this remake is “merely vile—and dull.”

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