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Last House on the Left
Starring Sandra Cassell aka Sandra Peabody

1972       Directed by Wes Craven

Since the opening of the motion picture Last House on the Left municipal officials, film reviewers, and theatergoers have deluged the theaters with complaints about the film, and requested that its exhibition be terminated immediately.

The thrust of the criticism is that the film is too violent.

The critics have completely failed to understand this film. It is one of the finest anti-violence films ever made. Here, at last, is a film which puts violence in its proper perspective, as so few films have in the past.

In this film, unlike so many recent, successful motion pictures, violence is not glorified, nor the violators romanticized. All is shown as ugly and as debauched as it is in real life. For example, we have all seen recently motion pictures in which upwards of 50 and 60 people are killed before the last reel, It is all done in an atmosphere where real people do not die, do not bleed, or do not suffer. In this film, prior to the last couple of

minutes, only two persons have been killed - but they are shown in the true nature of what homicide is, real people dying tragically.

In past films, criminals are made glamorous and heroic. We identify with them in a happy and pleasant manner. In Last House on the Left the criminals are shown for what the really are, mean and horrible.

Nor does the film make any attempt to minimize or make pleasurable experimentation with drugs. This is risky business which can only produce consequences as shown in the film.

This, then, is a moral film. A film which has become all the more gripping because we have become so unused to seeing how wicked and unforgivable violence and killing are.

For as long as records for numbers of homicide are broken each week in our urban centers, and the evening news brings us new tales of violence and burning, and we continue to treat these horrors in a nonchalant manner, it will be necessary for films like Last House on the Left to bring the true measure of violence to the consciousness of us all.

It is indeed ironic that the criticism which this film has received is because the worth of its message has been improperly assessed. The large numbers of parents now bringing their children to the theater is perhaps illustrative that the true meaning of this film, is now being properly received. The film is rated "R" in the best sense of that rating.



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presented by

SEAN S. CUNNINGHAM FILMS LTD.
starring
DAVID HESS
LUCY GRANTHAM
SANDRA CASSEL
MARC SHEFFLER
and introducing ADA WASHINGTON
Written and directed by WES CRAVEN
Produced by SEAN S. CUNNINGHAM
COLOR BY MOVIELAB
Running Time 82.5 min





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