The Last House on the Left is a 1972 horror-exploitation film written and directed by Wes Craven. The story was inspired by the 13th century Swedish ballad "Töres döttrar i Wäng". The film has gained acclaim as one of the most controversial movies ever made. The controversial nature of some of the sexual scenes caused the original film reels to be burned. Out of the original 91 minute cut, only 84 minutes still remain intact, though some of the audio has been destroyed. The film was remade by Wes Craven in 2009 under the same name.
In this cult horror favorite from twisted writer-director Wes Craven, a pair of repulsive, sadistic escaped convicts kidnap, rape, torture and murder two teenage girls -- but the criminals have picked the wrong teens to victimize. One of the girls' parents, not content with turning to the law, set out to exact an equally brutal revenge on the vicious murderers, who are hiding out in the family's home.
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Due to the graphic nature of some of the scenes, the film has been banned and destroyed. Among the losses are three specific scenes that have been almost or completely destroyed:
- Lesbian Rape Scene - One scene long-thought lost, except as a photographic still, is the two female victims forced to commit sexual acts on each other in the woods. This forced lesbian rape scene was found as an outtake with no sound to it on the Metrodome Three-Disc DVD Ultimate Edition as well as the 2011 Blu-ray release.
- Mari in her Room - Photographic stills exists showing a nude Mari in her room in the beginning of the movie where she is reading birthday cards, the shot scenes of this no longer exist.
- Mari Raped by Sadie - Short cuts showing Sadie committing sexual acts against Mari in the woods is often cut out, even from some DVDs that have been labeled as "uncut".[
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This film has received mixed reviews. It currently holds a rating of 63% on Rotten Tomatoes.
- The Last House on the Left (1972 film) at Wikipedia
- The Last House on the Left (1972) at the Internet Movie Database
- The Last House on the Left (1972) at AllMovie
- The Last House on the Left (1972) at Rotten Tomatoes
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