The original of The Last House On The Left was one hell of an experience. The remake is just as violent and like the original pushes the boundaries of acceptable on screen violence to the limit. Maybe a little better than the original this is one remake that is also one hell of an experience for the viewer.
Like most remakes The Last House On The Left follows along the same story line as the original and takes on a darker more bloody tone for better or for worse. The plot follows two girls, Mari (Sara Paxton) and Paige (Martha MacIsaac) who are captured by the psychotic Krug (Garret Dillahunt) and his gang. After her friends death and being raped and shot Mari gets back to her house where the gang is hiding out. After discovering what happened Mari’s parents take vengeance on the gang in a gory and vicious ending that lacks the traps from last time.
As is common for remakes there is a substantially large amount of blood which adds to some of the more grisly scenes such as when one of the villains gets his hand stuck down a sink dispenser. The level of violence in general has been raised a fair bit and equals the original quite easily. However the girls suffering isn’t quite as drawn out as in the original though it still makes up a majority of the run time and is just as unpleasant and painful to watch. Don’t believe me? Well, after seeing Mari get raped you’ll never look at Garret Dillahunt the same way again.
The acting is better this time around because it seems they actually got a pretty good cast for this film. Mari (Sara Paxton) and Paige (Martha MacIsaac) are both likeable characters and when they are in pain you’ll be feeling more than a bit sympathetic towards them. Krug is played expertly well by Garret Dillahunt who puts the other two villains to shame. Dillahunt dominates pretty much every scene he is in and makes Krug one of the most unlikable characters ever put on screen. Francis (Aaron Paul) and Sadie (Riki Lindhome) the other two villains are almost on the same level of evil as Krug and there is nothing to like about them, just like their original counterparts. Justin (Spencer Treat Clark) is the most sympathetic character here though. He seems like a better character than the one from the original that he’s based off, mostly because of the acting powers of Spencer Treat Clark who is a very good actor.
Like the original the remake of The Last House On The Left is a twisted and brutal film that lets the audience know just how violent horror can be. With its grim and bloody style supporting its horrifying story The Last House On The Left is a remake that is like the original in all the right ways.