Friday, April 3, 2009

The Last GOOD Remake on the Left

Holy shit! A horror remake that's actually really good? I'm fucking amazed. Remakes of classic horror films often leave a bad taste in my mouth. The only real good modern remakes that stood out for me were The Omen and The Hills Have Eyes. Just like Hills, The Last House on the Left is a remake of a Wes Craven movie. Wes made his mark in the genre with A Nightmare on Elm Street, but before all that he made his debut with Last House. The film was brutally savage and sick. I know a lot of people (including some of the Horror-Fanatics staff) who hate the movie because of its content. Last House is a disturbing movie, and like every horror movie made before the 90's it's time for a reboot.

After seeing it for the first time last week, I'm starting to have a little more faith in remakes. I hated Rob Zombie's abortion known as Halloween and I thought that My Bloody Valentine and Friday the 13th was awful in many areas. The remake for Last House on the Left seems to hit the right notes. Although it is a remake, it doesn't follow into the cliches of being one. It's a serious movie with no humor and no rules. It isn't trying to please the young "tween" crowd as most of the other films do. This movie is for the older crowd. It's for the folks who have grown up with the genre and have seen the original.
The Last House remake consists of death, rape and revenge. It's doesn't stray too far from the original formula and it's sickening to watch because it hits really close to home. When you see a guy running around in a hockey mask with super speed and strength, its fun. Yet it doesn't have that realistic feel. The Last House on the Left does a great job of capturing that old Grindhouse feel of a 70's exploitation movie. The only thing missing were the scratches and dirt on the film reel itself. If you've been a fan of the horror genre for years (like myself) then I really think you'll enjoy this movie. It's hard to stomach in parts and almost brought me to tears. But that's where the magic is. If a film can have an impact on you like that, then it's doing its job. The Last House on the Left is definitely one of the best horror remakes ever made. For a full written review you can visit our website.

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