Today 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:
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.