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Teen Critic Recommends Visiting the Last House on the Left

The Last House on the Left is a remake of Wes Craven's 1972 film (Rogue Pictures)

By Janeane White

The Last House on the Left (opened March 13 throughout San Diego) is a movie about a girl, Mari (Sara Paxton), and her family that go on vacation but Mari decides she wants to spend some time with her friend instead of being with her parents all night. Mari goes and meets up with her friend at work and they meet a guy named Justin, who takes them back to his hotel to get high. When Justin's father comes home, he gets mad. He won't let the girls leave because he doesn't trust them. (The father's girlfriend and brother have just helped him escape going to prison and killed a few cops on the way.) Justin's dad takes Mari's car and they head toward the mountains. They don't know how exactly to get there and Mari gives them directions, but instead of taking them to the mountains she leads them towards her home and tries to escape. Her escape attempts fail and only make the situation worse. Mari is raped and left for dead (this isn't a spoiler because it's all in the trailer). Justin and the others walk to a nearby house that just happened to be Mari's house. Eventually Mary's parents discover the truth about the new strangers and set out for revenge.

This movie was awesome! The fights and the visual effects where amazing. The fight scenes where so cool. I loved how the camera stayed on the action and showed the audience the blood instead of shying away at the last moment. The audience apparently loved it to because after every well deserved hit they would clap and yell in joy. It's hard to say anything that made this movie rock without revealing too much. I can say that my favorite scene is most likely the final scene. I also have to say that some of the scenes where very depressing. When Mari's friend is attacked, it's a sad scene and is not one that the audience enjoyed. This isn't exactly a beat em' movie but more of a movie about survival and getting through the worst situation that any teenage girl could ever possible encounter. The awesome fight scenes did not come until the end when the parents attempt to get their revenge.

Corrected: April 13, 2024 at 8:41 PM PDT
Janeane White is a senior at Mount Miguel High School