THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT trailer makes me go Hrrmmmmmm…

Posted by Peter Hall - January 9th 2009 @ 8:30 am

I am not an ardent devotee of Wes Craven’s original THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT.  My first viewing of it was a disturbing one, I won’t lie, but I’ve never felt the debt to its shock and awe the previous generation does.  I draw no enjoyment from it, just a respect for its contribution to the timeline.

The remake, which marks at least the fourth time Ingmar Bergman’s original film THE VIRGIN SPRINGS has been pillaged, has a trailer out now and I’m almost smitten.  It looks delicately shot, perfectly cast and updated enough to not be a beat-for-beat drubbing of the revenge tale.  It drips of the remake culture, particularly in the audience appeasing producer move to keep the daughter alive (at least for a bit longer, money says she dies in her Daddy’s arms), but I’m on the level with that seeing as I couldn’t care one way or the other if Craven’s original stayed a remake itself or became the remake source of a remake.


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  1. Brian
    January 9th, 2009 | 9:35 am | #1

    The killers don’t look very scary. Way too polished and neat. Kind of like Lucky Brand bad guys.

  2. January 9th, 2009 | 9:46 am | #2


  3. January 9th, 2009 | 10:35 am | #3

    The microwave bit is stupid, I’ll admit. Though I do like the idea of paralyzing someone because you didn’t have any rope. Of course, assuming he disables the fail safe that prevents operation with an open door, it would still not cause any immediate harm as the waves use all four walls to bounce towards the center. Remove a wall and the waves lose all focal power. Would take ages to do anything to him.

    Re: the killers. I think the non-threatening demeanor was intentional. Craven’s had folk you would judge from the start, where as this outing looks to have normal appearing people doing crazy things, an idea I like.

  4. Brian
    January 9th, 2009 | 10:44 am | #4

    What are you, a microwave scientist?

  5. January 9th, 2009 | 11:07 am | #5


  6. January 9th, 2009 | 6:08 pm | #6

    I wanna see him do it with an Easy Bake!

  7. Not Peter Hall
    February 23rd, 2009 | 2:53 am | #7

    The microwave bit would work fine, done think so- run a magnetron bare and look into the waveguie-

    You would be blinded first because the vitrious fluid in your eyes could not carry away the rapid heat.

  8. February 23rd, 2009 | 6:30 am | #8

    Ya know, I actually meant to post a retraction on this and completely forgot about it. I was talking it over with some people in Seoul and you’re right, apparently it is very plausible.

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