Blu-Ray Review: Last House on the Left (1972)

Until very recently when the likes of It Follows, Get Out and A Quiet Place have attracted wide and varied audiences, horror movies were often sniffed at by mainstream audiences (and critics). If you’ve ever been to a horror film festival you’ll know that genre fans are a dedicated (and friendly) bunch. However, there are undoubtedly some ‘classic’ films which can be more than a little questionable. The original Last House on the Left sits firmly in this category. Describing it as turgid, would be too good for it.

Despite her parents’ reservations, Mari Collingwood (Sandra Peabody) and her friend Phyllis Stone (Lucy Grantham) head into the city to attend a concert to celebrate her seventeenth birthday. On there way there they bump into Junior (Marc Sheffler), who along with his sadistic rapist father Krug Stillo (David Hess), a psychopath (Jeramie Rain) and a child molester (Fred J. Lincoln) have just escaped from prison. It’s not going to be a night to remember.

The most surprising thing about Last House on the Left is that it’s directed by Wes Craven. Interviewed on the (admittedly) impressive extras, he’s still really proud of it. Which is surprising. It’s a horrible and repugnant film which has little or nothing to recommend it. One excellent tracking shot aside, it looks clunky and amateurish, the mix of porn star and unknown actors are appalling and the soundtrack is one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever heard. Any build-up of tension or terror is completely punctured by it. Last House on the Left is a sick, disgusting and unrelenting dirge of a horror film. If you enjoy watching women being raped and tortured to the most inappropriate music imaginable, this is for you.

3-Disc Limited Edition Contents:

  • Three cuts of the film newly restored in 2K from original film elements
  • Original uncompressed mono audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • 6 x collector’s postcards
  • Double-sided fold-out poster
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork
  • Limited edition 60-page perfect-bound book featuring new writing on the film by author Stephen Thrower
  • Soundtrack CD


  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the Unrated Version
  • Isolated score newly remastered from the original 17.5″ magnetic tracks
  • Brand new audio commentary with Bill Ackerman and Amanda Reyes
  • Archival audio commentary with writer/director Wes Craven and producer Sean S. Cunningham
  • Archival audio commentary with stars David Hess, Marc Sheffler and Fred Lincoln
  • Archival introduction to the film by Wes Craven
  • Still Standing: The Legacy of The Last House on the Left – archival interview with Wes Craven
  • Celluloid Crime of the Century – Archival documentary featuring interviews with Wes Craven, Sean S. Cunningham, actors David Hess, Fred Lincoln, Jeramie Rain, Marc Sheffler and Martin Kove
  • Scoring Last House – archival interview with actor/composer David Hess
  • It’s Only a Movie: The Making of Last House in the Left – archival featurette
  • Forbidden Footage – the cast and crew discuss the film’s most controversial sequences
  • Junior’s Story – a brand new interview with actor Marc Sheffler
  • Blood and Guts- a brand new interview with makeup artist Anne Paul
  • The Road Leads to Terror – a brand new featurette revisiting the film’s original shooting locations<
  • Deleted Scene: “Mari Dying at the Lake
  • Extended Outtakes and Dailies, newly transferred in HD
  • Trailers, TV Spot and Radio Spots
  • Image Galleries


  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the Krug & Company and R-Rated cuts of the film
  • The Craven Touch – a brand new featurette bringing together interviews with a number of Wes Craven’s collaborators including Sean S. Cunningham, composer Charles Bernstein, producer Peter Locke, cinematographer Mark Irwin and actress Amanda Wyss
  • Early Days and “Night of Vengeance” – filmmaker Roy Frumkes remembers Wes Craven and Last House on the Left
  • Tales That’ll Tear Your Heart Out – unfinished short film by Wes Craven
  • Q&A with Marc Sheffler from a 2017 screening of the film at The American Cinematheque
  • Krug Conquers England – archival featurette charting the theatrical tour of the first ever uncut screening of the film in the UK


  • CD featuring the complete, newly remastered film score

Last House on the Left is released on Blu-Ray by Arrow Video on 18th June.

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