Last House on the Left Gets New Occupants
Back in 1972, Wes Craven wrote and directed a particularly gruesome horror film called The Last House on the Left, which became notorious for two distinct reasons: 1) it pretty much started Craven's perennial career in horror, and 2) it encountered a variety of difficulties with censorship, including being banned by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) in 1974 for the violence it contained. In 2006, Rogue Pictures inked a deal to remake the film, and the following year we brought you news that Dennis Iliadis had signed on as director. Today, we learn that Monica Potter and Tony Goldwyn have been cast as the parents of the brutally murdered teenage daughter, which prompts the two to exact an equally savage revenge on the gang of doers.
While the somewhat unknown Iliadis is set to direct, Craven will co-produce with production partners Marianne Maddelena and Sean Cunningham; the two have been involved in other Craven remakes, including The Hills Have Eyes and the upcoming Friday the 13th.
Monica Potter and Tony Goldwyn seem like a pretty good fit for the role, given their fairly unassuming, wholesome disposition. Well, sort of. Goldwyn did play a serial killer in Kiss the Girls, and Potter a greedy back-stabber in Along Came a Spider. Nevertheless, they at least look good-natured, so the transformation into revenge-filled parents should still be startling and compelling.
The cornerstone of the original film is the inciting murder of the daughter, Mari, who was abducted with her friend, and then tortured and raped by a group of escaped convicts. Upon discovering this, of course, Mari's parents snap and eventually murder the kidnappers, thus allowing us to witness the complex, introspective spectacle of good people going bad. However, Jeremy Smith over at CHUD speculates that the writing team, most notably Adam Alleca, might actually nix the daughter's murder. It's hard to imagine such a movie without a shocking catalyst such as this. I hope this doesn't prove true.
Really, I don't see the point in this anyway. If The Hills Have Eyes is any barometer, then the original should come through with all its unsettling violence, but now in higher definition and Dolby sound.