‘Last House on the Left’ Remake Has A Trailer

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:25 pm,

the last house on the left poster Last House on the Left Remake Has A TrailerToday we have the brand new and first trailer for the remake of the ’70s horror flick The Last House on the Left. The film will be produced by horror masters Wes Craven and Sean Cunningham, and will star Tony Goldwyn, Monica Potter, Sara Paxton, Garret Dillahunt, Rhys Coiro, Martha MacIsaac, Riki Lindhome and Aaron Paul.

The plot is as follows:

Mari (Paxton) and her friend are kidnapped by a prison escapee and his crew the night she arrives at the remote Collingwood lakehouse. Terrified and left for dead, Mari’s only hope is to make it back to parents John and Emma (Goldwyn and Potter). Unfortunately, her attackers unknowingly seek shelter at the one place she could be safe. And when her family learns the horrifying story, they will make three strangers curse the day they came to The Last House on the Left.

Now I can’t lie and say I’ve seen the original - I haven’t. But being an avid film fan I’ve kept it on my “to watch” list and read up about it and its impact. Word is (and if you’ve seen it please let me know if this is true) that it’s a particularly gruesome film involving graphic scenes of assault, rape and murder. It’s not a particularly appealing thing to sit through, and the film is hailed (because of it’s willingness to “go there”) and hated in equal measure.

And just in case you didn’t already know, the original was banned in the UK throughout the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, repeatedly being refused by the BBFC to get a certificate as it was deemed too graphic for even the maximum age rating. And it was only finally in 2002 that it was granted the UK rating of an 18 (which constitutes an NC-17 in the US) on the condition 16 seconds of a particularly gruesome scene could be cut.

So that just goes to show how controversial it was and still is.

But what will the NEW one be like? As the title of the post promised, here is the trailer:

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In my opinion the trailer for the remake doesn’t look anywhere near as gruesome and graphic as the original is said to be. It carries the interesting premise from the original into the 21st century, but from what we see in the trailer it’s not going to “go the extra mile to shock” as the 1972 one did.

However one thing that has me interested is that Garret Dillahunt plays one of the murderers and after his stellar performance in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (my favorite film of 2007) and a small but great one in No Country for Old Men he’s firmly on my radar. And he’s obviously playing a completely different character than he’s done before. So even if the movie sucks I can at least enjoy watching him on-screen.

As for the film overall; am I looking forward to it? Not with great excitement – the trailer isn’t the greatest (nor the worst). But as an avid movie fan I’ll probably still end up seeing it. As much as Hollywood needs to stop remaking old horror films (particularly), I always try to give them a fair shot. Who knows, especially considering writer/director of the original Wes Craven is producing it, maybe The Last House on the Left will surprise and be terrifying.

One can only hope….

Have you seen the original, how does this trailer look like the new movie will compare?

The Last House on the Left hasn’t had an exact release date announced for it yet, but is to be released sometime this year.

Sources: WorstPreviews and ComingSoon.net

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  1. I did see the original. I didn’t like it. I’m pretty sure I didn’t see an uncut version so it was kind of boring. And the 2 bumbling cops were frickin annoying. I guess they were supposed to be comic relief or something…
    This one actually looks better. I’ll have to watch the uncut version of the original tho because people keep telling me how awesome it is.

  2. This doesn’t look scary at all less like a horror movie and more like a family action-thriller type deal very tame i hope this trailer doesn’t give a good feel for the amount of terror in the movie I expect more from a master of horror like Wes Craven

  3. If Wes Craven is behind it then I’m behind it.

    Anything Wes wants I will support.

    — Is anyone else with me?

  4. Ross? The Assassination of Jesse James, your best of 07? Why??????

  5. I saw the original. The “bumbling cops’ were intentional. I listened to the commentary track and making of on the DVD. Very informative.

    I can see the main difference between the two films already. Its unfortunate they did what they did but if that change works, who knows.

    I’ve written a couple of posts on the subject:
    The Last House on the Left remake. Oh Christ no.
    http://film-book.com/news-the-last-house-on-the-left-remake-oh-christ-no/
    The Last House on the Left (2009)
    http://film-book.com/the-last-house-on-the-left-2009-trailer/

  6. @Ray O,

    Oh it most definitely was. It was a magnificent piece of work, a film unlike any other I’ve seen in quite a while. The cinematography – stunning, the acting – fantastic, the story – engrossing, the atmosphere – sublime. It’s one of those rare films where the atmosphere just sucks me and I could watch for hours and hours.

    I can’t explain it much more than that – everyone has those movies every now and then which, for whatever reason, just strike the right chords with YOU and Jesse James was one of mine.

    It’s a rare masterpiece.

  7. I saw ‘The Last House on the Left’ about threee years ago (original). It was one of the most engrossing horrifying movies I’ve ever seen. Horrifying meaning turning your stomach because of what your eyes are seeing. If the new does encompass what the original laid out then the trailer for the new movie is PG13 compared to what actually takes place.

    So far from the trailer I can see that they definitely have modified the story line a bit …. they probably figured it would relate to our current time.

    I defnitely would like to have seen the remake based in the original time, 70s.

  8. I hated the original; I’m glad I saw the one without the scene of the girl having her intestines pulled out.. but I thought it was gruesome, gratuitous, sick, and had be seriously worried about the director. Didn’t the girl in it stop acting after she did the movie because it disturbed her so deeply?
    That being said, it had a good overall political message, to me; Cops can be seriously incompetent in bringing justice to the victims of these crimes, and sometimes you have to take the law into your own hands.
    I just can’t watch even a “pretend” rape. I appreciate movies that allude to it instead. Maybe I’m just too sensitive, but I don’t think that’s ever something that needs to be shown on film.
    I’m holding out hope that the new one’s better.

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