I’m not a fan of remakes in general, but I’m not necessarily against them either. Basically, I usually just don’t care. But they should really only be made when something about it can be done better. Which brings us to the upcoming remake of Wes Craven’s The Last House On The Left.
The original is a cheap, ugly, mean little movie that’s barely interesting enough to watch once but never again. The storyline about a girl who’s raped and left for dead, only to have her attackers taking refuge in her parents’ house, is both sadistic and cathartic. So how do you make it better? Judging by the new trailer anyway, you make the movie look like it’s about the power of love. Check it out.
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Sweet music (including a fantastic cover of Sweet Child O’ Mine… anyone know who this is?) plays over some brutal-looking action including a knife to the back of the head and a dude about to be microwaved. Good stuff. Craven hands directing duties to Dennis Iliadis, and judging by the trailer it looks to be a wise choice. This is Iliadis’ US debut after his Greek-language film, Hardcore. Tony Goldwyn and Monica Potter are both solid actors and it’ll be interesting to see them get their hands dirty.
Rogue Pictures has a lot to apologize for after the stank of The Unborn, so hopefully this will be as good as the trailer implies. Some new stills have also been released.