The Last House on the Left (1972)

The Last House on the Left (Craven 1972)

This episode we discuss the first film of the storied and influential career of the horror icon Wes Craven. With The Last House on the Left Craven upended the expectations of the bounds of mainstream films, preceded Texas Chain Saw Massacre (Hooper 1974) in shocking audiences, helped launch the careers of Sean S. Cunningham and Steve Miner, and established a baseline for all subsequent ! Join us as we consider how this film is situated in the genre and society almost 50 years after its original release.


The Last House on the Left (Craven 1972)
I Spit on Your Grave (Zarchi 1978)
The Gunfighter (Kissack 2016) short film)
Becky (Milott and Murnion 2020)

TOPIC INDEX – The Last House on the Left (Craven 1972) (times are approximate) 

0:35 – Introductions
4:45 – Discussion begins
7:00 – our history of viewing the film and multiple versions of the film
20:45 – the score
25:20 – this viewing experience
34:50 – pioneering horror
38:20 – Becky (Milott and Murnion 2020) SPOILERS
39:15 – gender and sexuality
51:00 – progressive ideologies
58:50 – sexual assault
1:06:25 – the legacy of the film and other iconic early horror films
1:10:45 – animals
1:15:10 – compared to Nick Offerman in “The Gunfighter” and punching up vs punching down
1:18:00 – Mari and Phyllis and agency
1:26:00 – Grading the film using the Collective Nightmares Rubric

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