The Last House on the Left (2009)

The Last House on the Left (Iliadis 2009)

This episode we discuss Iliadis’ 2009 remake of Craven’s 1972 iconic film The Last House on the Left. This film is situated in the context of the 2000s reboots of many first wave horror films. In modernizing the classic in terms of style, the film unfortunately also corrupted and perverted the progressive ideology as well as polishing the raw material. Doing so removed precisely what made the original film the classic it remains.


The Last House on the Left (Iliadis 2009)
The Last House on the Left (Craven 1972)
I Spit on Your Grave (Zarchi 1978)

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

0:35 – Introductions
4:10 – Discussion begins
6:37 – Setting up the episode
7:30 – production design comparison
8:30 – feminist aspects and gender representation
9:15 – musical score
13:28 – gender
22:19 – sexual assault scene
28:37 – swimming and agency
36:11 – ideology
40:00 – hair color
42:30 – back to comparing ideology between 1972 and 2009 versions
46:30 – vengeance
55:00 – gratuitous violence
58:30 – the 2000s era of 1980s reboots
1:03:00 – sociology moment: hegemony!
1:12:40 – Justin
1:24:00 – Grading the film using the Collective Nightmares Rubric
1:31:00 – Thank you to Jennifer Reeder!

Related Episodes
The Last House on the Left (Craven 1972)
Pet Sematary (2019)
I Spit on Your Grave (Monroe 2010)


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