Saturday, October 12, 2013

31 Days of Horror 4: Originals vs. Remakes DAY 12

The Last House on the Left (1972) vs. The Last House on the Left (2009)
Inspired by Ingmar Bergman's The Virgin Spring (1960), The Last House On The Left is a parent's worst nightmare come to terrifying life. 17-year-olds Mari (Sandra Cassel) and Phyllis (Lucy Grantham) head into the city for a rock concert, but once there, they're kidnapped by three sadistic escaped convicts led by Krug Stillo (David Hess). After the gang drives the girls into the woods, where they do unspeakable things, the crew ends up at the home of none other than Mari's parents, John (Gaylord St. James) and Estelle (Cynthia Carr).
This movie is shocking and hard to watch. Yes, there is gore but that's not the scene that will get to you. The scene in the woods with the two girls is the most horrible, shocking and brutal scenes in movies.
This was director, Wes Craven’s first film, and I feel bad saying this but I’m just not a fan of it.
The Last House on the Left accomplishes what it wants to accomplish. There is a clear story and the threats in the movie make it a true horror. Yet, with the over the top violence and brutality does not make it an enjoyable film.
Now, even though the first one was created for the purpose to shock and make you squirm, this one was targeted to a more mainstream audience.
The important plot points return for the remake, but the gore and violence are enhanced.
The film feels more of a revenge flick then a straight horror movie and that’s fine because it works for the most part.
Where it fails miserably is when it takes away the moral ambiguity that the original film had. The original film had a certain level of intelligence.
With that said, the remake was a decent and effective addition. It does deviate from the original a little but in the end it works.
So, which is better?
This is a hard one to call, because I’m not a huge fan of either one of them. They both deal with sensitive subjects and I feel the original does it slightly better, even though it’s far from a perfect film.
Yet, the remake was made better and had good performances and a decent script. It might not be as smart at the original but I found it more engaging.
Remake Wins

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