Take-Home Horror: The Last House on the Left (1972)
Hey there, Creepy Peeps! I’m back with another review of some special features and today we are talking about The Last House on the Left (Wes Craven, 1972)! The copy I own is the Blu-ray Collector’s Edition and the special features are as follows:
- Audio Commentary by Wes Craven and Producer Sean Cunningham
- Audio Commentary with David Hess, Marc Sheffler, and Fred Lincoln
- Still Standing: The Legacy of The Last House on the Left Featurette with Wes Craven
- Celluloid Crime of the Century Documentary
- Scoring Last House on the Left Featurette
- Tales That’ll Tear Your Heart Out Unfinished Short Film by Wes Craven
- Deleted Scene: Mari Dying at the Lake
- Never-Before-Seen Footage
- It’s Only a Movie Featurette
- Outtakes & Dailies
- Forbidden Footage
I think it pretty much goes without saying that this is one hell of a special features list. If you’re a fan at all of The Last House on the Left or just Wes Craven’s work, this is a must-own. For length’s sake, I won’t go into too much detail for every single feature, but I do want to talk about some of the most outstanding ones.
All the featurettes and documentaries are absolutely amazing. Still Standing, Celluloid Crime and It’s Only a Movie are all very detailed and very long. With so many featurettes I was expecting them to be a whole lot shorter, especially given the fact that the film itself is so old. Most of the time with an older film, the special features are filmed long after the movie has been released. All three of these featurettes are pretty much full-length movies or they at least feel like they are. They all include interviews with almost all the cast members and Craven and Cunningham, of course. Each of them contains different information and behind-the-scenes stories on the film, too, so you get something unique with each featurette.
Scoring Last House on the Left is much shorter compared to the other featurettes, but it is still interesting to watch. The featurette is an interview with David Hess (who plays Krug in the film and wrote all the music for the film) and how he wrote the songs for the movie. The story of how he got the role AND the job of scoring the film is pretty funny, as well.
The unfinished short film is interesting; you can see a few parts of the short film that were predecessors to what Craven created in Last House. As it is unfinished, there is no sound with the short film, but there is obviously dialogue. In that sense, it was a little hard to watch, and I can’t imagine watching it more than once.
As for the deleted scene and the extra footage, these are staples of DVD/Blu-ray special features. After watching the deleted scene of Mari dying at the lake, I’m kind of glad it mostly got cut from the film. The dialogue in the deleted scene is too expository and it sounds unnatural. I think if that scene ran as it did in the deleted version, it would have taken away from Mari’s death. The extra footage is mostly behind-the-scenes stills and extended footage from the rape and torture scenes. The extended rape sequence footage, like the unfinished short film, has no sound, but I found it extremely hard to watch. The scenes show way more of the actual rape than is shown in the final cut, had these scenes been left in this film probably would have been banned in every country indefinitely.
Overall, like I said at the beginning of the post, this Blu-ray is a must-own for any fan of The Last House on the Left. You just can’t beat these special features, and there are two different movie commentaries! There’s no comparison to the regular DVD copy of The Last House on the Left.
I’ll leave a link to watch The Last House on the Left on Amazon Video down below (it is an Affiliate link) and until next time: stay strange!