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Thread: Last House on the Left vs. I Spit on Your Grave

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    Last House on the Left vs. I Spit on Your Grave

    The two are so often mentioned together and coincidentally enough they are the first two extreme-type horror flicks I saw that got me into exploitation and real/depraved horror. It's been a long time since I watched either but both leave such a strong impression. I think with Last House you end up rooting for the bad guys because in a weird way end up liking them as the story progresses. I don't find that so much so with the bad guys in I Spit on Your Grave. I think the characters in Last House, both good and bad, are more likable. Last House is definitely my favorite of the two, but in a lot of ways I see I Spit on Your Grave as the much harsher film. Both are classics in my opinion.

    Just wondered which you guys prefer and any impressions you have of either...
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    I prefer Last House. I Spit, I guess I saw it before I developed a thick enough skin to appreciate it, and it disturbed me in a pretty big way. It still does, though I've sat through far, far, far nastier stuff without flinching. Something about that movie flips my lid and I don't enjoy it. Last House is scuzzy and in many ways worse, but I guess I was jaded enough when I saw it that it didn't have that much of a negative effect on me.
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    Last House, for all its visceral horror, is a clumsy piece of filmmaking (wild shifts in tone that don't always work)... I enjoy it but its flaws are apparent on multiple viewings. Spit is somewhat rough around the edges too but it's much more accomplished and evokes that sense of gruelling horror (real horror) much more than Craven's does so I ultimately prefer it. Of course, Craven would go on to become a more accomplished filmmaker on the whole, but I've got to give the early nod to Spit.

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    I've never seen I Spit... for some reason, it just doesn't draw me. I avoided Last House for years because, well, I was kinda scared to see it. It does have an impact, but it's so inept in so many ways, too. I prefer Craven's Hills Have Eyes among his early films.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Troy Howarth View Post
    It does have an impact, but it's so inept in so many ways, too....
    Ah, someone else who (almost) shares my views on a film that has somehow gone on to be lauded as an "American classic". It was banned for years and years in Oz, and that was a factor that made me want to see it even more, and I eventually did by way of the uncut 3-disc UK DVD edition that I picked up on sale via Amazon UK for around GBP7.00. Once I'd watched it, though I certainly didn't hate it, I really didn't like at all. It just felt like a cheap, tacky 70s porno without the porn. It's an ugly film, badly made and poorly executed.

    OTOH, if I had to choose between the two films I'd have to say that, from a technical level, I Spit was the better film. But content-wise, there's just far too much rape and dwelling on the infliction of pain and suffering (btw, why do some online reviewers so often cite "rape" as the "sex" content of these films?) for it to be anything approaching a comfortable viewing experience for me. To that end, Zarchi undoubtedly achieve his aim with me -- but it's a really unpleasant film and not one I'd be proud to say I own a copy of if I did.

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    I've seen them both, but it's been some time since i've seen either....I remember liking LAST HOUSE more than GRAVE, but not really enjoying either one of them. I think that rather than rooting for the bad guys, I found myself drawn in by Hess' performance. Not really much to GRAVE, as I recall, outside of the obvious violent exploitation aspect. LAST HOUSE had Hess and some dandy atmosphere that I like in 70's films, that GRAVE was lacking in.

    I will tell you that I absolutely HATED the LAST HOUSE remake, which i thought was an absolute piece of shit waste of time, and an insult to the medium. That extended rape scene was obviously put in there to be "more extreme" than the original. I don't consider myself to be prudish when it comes to film, but that scene was disgusting and lacked any kind artistic touch, it's like they said, "Okay, and we'll have the rape go on for another 10 minutes because it will anger people and make them want the rapists dead". It just angered me because it was such an obvious attention getter. The first LAST HOUSE film was a "classic" because it was one of the first of it's kind. You can't retread the same ground and make the exploitation more exploitative, and expect it to be better than the original.

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    I didn't hate the remake at all. It didn't wow me, but I honestly anticipated a far worse film than what was delivered. Haven't seen the SPIT remake yet.
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    I'm pretty surprised by that. I mean, i know different strokes and all, but I was kind of under the impression that it was one of the worst movies I'd seen.

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    There's a good name for an agro brutal-legend splatter core punk band - SPITHOUSE!

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    Years ago, a bunch of us working second shift would get together after work and watch movies and pig-out on snacks...some would drink, as well. Anway, everyone wanted a suggestion, so I tossed, I Spit On Your Grave as a possible video to watch. I'd seen it before and thought it would be an interesting film as a group to watch. Needless to say, nobody asked me to suggest a title after that one! They all look at me like I was nuts for even suggesting a film like that.

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