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Old 08-06-2018, 07:07 PM
 
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It's a hard movie to decide on if I like it or not, cause I felt that maybe the violence was too graphic and crossed the line maybe. I am going by the theatrical version as I did not watch the 'unrated' one.

Basically characters are stabbed, which I don't mind, but the director chose to do close ups on the stab ones, every one of them if I'm correct. Now in movie like say... Terminator 2 to compare, when the T-1000 stabs someone, they don't cut to close ups on each indvidual stabbing, minus Sarah Connor's at the end.

But The Last House on the Left seemed to have a gore fetish, like when they introduce the doctor/dad character, his first scenes is doing an operation on a patient that bleeding quite badly, and then later when he is stitching up another character's nose, they close up right on the holes in the skin that the suture is being run through.

Also the villain death in the very last shot was very gory, and I felt they could just cut to black and we hear a sound rather, than actually be shown the exploding gore we were shown.

But what do you think, am I being too prudish on this, or was their a gore fetishism here, that made the material more exploitative?
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Old 08-07-2018, 11:41 AM
 
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I thought the rape scene was far more graphic than any of the death scenes.


Overall an outstanding movie.
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Old 08-07-2018, 05:46 PM
 
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Well the death scenes close up on the knifes and pointy objects penetrating the flesh each and every time. Where as during the rape, they don't close up on the penetration or anything.

So I felt that the violence was more graphic then the rape in terms of how it was shot.

I'm kind of split on the movie cause the gore was so in your face, it felt like the filmmakers were trying to hard and it came off overdone as a result possibly, but yet I like the story.
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Old 08-07-2018, 07:22 PM
 
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I thought the rape scene was far more graphic than any of the death scenes.
I heard the original one also had a rape scene..... I didnt like the rape scene,thought it was uncalled for.... (But I thought for 2009 it wasnt a surprise it was there (Then someone told me the original also has a scene like this))

I havent seen the original..........
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Old 08-07-2018, 07:58 PM
 
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If you thought the rape scene was uncalled for, what else were the parents suppose to get revenge for if no tragic crime act like that, was to not have happened?
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Old 08-09-2018, 06:46 AM
 
Location: Sugarland
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I didnít mind the revenge violence against the criminals at all. What happened to the girls was difficult to watch, but I wouldnít say it was too violent of a film overall. Iíve seen worse.
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Old 08-09-2018, 07:40 AM
 
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Yea Ironpony you do have a point!!!!!! (No story otherwise)

Good insight!!
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Old 08-09-2018, 08:48 AM
 
Location: Henderson, NV, U.S.A.
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Roger Ebert gave it 3 1/2 stars out of 4. filmstruck just got it. should i watch it?
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Old 08-09-2018, 11:56 AM
 
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Films like this one are what I consider torture porn. I understand the storyline and how it gives motive to the parents for seeking revenge, but the onscreen violence isn’t necessary in my opinion. I should say the extent to which the horror is shown. It’s one thing to show certain acts taking place, but the brutality in which the scenes are shown in this particular situation are in my opinion not needed.

You can get the point across in horror movies without shoving the act in your face. There are plenty horror movies that do that and are watchable. There is a movie I saw probably a good 20 years ago and it involved a rape scene and it was so disgusting and in your face it felt like you were watching a real act of violence. I couldn’t watch. I had to stop. It made me physically ill. There was also another movie I watched that had a similar storyline and while it didn’t show the actually act of rape the scenes leading up to it were horrifying and you could feel the pain and trauma this young man went through. So to me, you don’t need to show the actual violent act to make the story unnerving or scary.
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Old 08-09-2018, 01:50 PM
 
Location: Sugarland
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Films like this one are what I consider torture porn. I understand the storyline and how it gives motive to the parents for seeking revenge, but the onscreen violence isnít necessary in my opinion. I should say the extent to which the horror is shown. Itís one thing to show certain acts taking place, but the brutality in which the scenes are shown in this particular situation are in my opinion not needed.

You can get the point across in horror movies without shoving the act in your face. There are plenty horror movies that do that and are watchable. There is a movie I saw probably a good 20 years ago and it involved a rape scene and it was so disgusting and in your face it felt like you were watching a real act of violence. I couldnít watch. I had to stop. It made me physically ill. There was also another movie I watched that had a similar storyline and while it didnít show the actually act of rape the scenes leading up to it were horrifying and you could feel the pain and trauma this young man went through. So to me, you donít need to show the actual violent act to make the story unnerving or scary.
The rape scene in Last House on the Left isnít even that graphic, in my opinion. Sure, we feel bad for her because sheís a young, innocent girl but the actual rape scene is nothing compared to Irreversible, for instance. And even the Irreversible rape scene doesnít bother me that much because I know it isnít based on a true story. Boys Donít Cry, on the other hand, I canít stand to watch because I know that really happened. But fictional ďtorture pornĒ movies like Hostel donít really bother me at all.
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