Here’s a bit of a Scenes of Mine curveball. Over at Empire Online, they’ve posted the first five minutes from Dennis Iliadis’ deserved-better-upon-its-release remake of The Last House on the Left (“Why post this so late?” you may ask Empire. The movie opens in the UK on June 12, ’tis why). Released and quickly bounced from theaters this past March, it’s easily one of the better horror remakes in recent years, complete with all of the needed ingredients: strong acting across the board, uncompromising brutality, and just the right amount of fresh ideas to set it apart from Wes Craven’s 1972 original.
For my two cents, this 2009 version far surpasses Craven’s. The only inexcusable thing about Iliadis’ Last House was/is the film’s final shot, a less-than-a-minute coda that almost ruins everything that came before it. A cheesy, Grand Guignol final kill that goes against the film’s overall “naturalistic survival” tone. With so much good preceding this last scene, however, the film manages to overcome its big booboo. The parents’ tag-team murder of Uncle Frank is a thing of intensely sick beauty, and then there’s the opening sequence that you’ll find by clicking the link below. It’s just plain vicious.