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Mar 20

The Last House on the… Jesus Christ!

Category: Opinions

So, last night I saw The Last House on the Left, and it’s definitely a remake that crushes the original. Still, it’s not particularly smart, or suspenseful. Also, I really don’t like watching women getting raped and brutalized. I can see women getting eaten by zombies, or bled out by vampires, none of that is real. Rape, however, is very real, incredibly evil, and it happens to women every single day. It’s something no woman should ever experience, and I don’t like seeing it in movies. Yes, I knew what I was getting into, but I can complain about it just the same.

Yet, at the very end of the movie, something kind of hysterical happened. There’s a scene at the end involving a microwave, a scene so absolutely fucked up that it inspired a girl behind me to shout, and I quote, “Jesus Christ!” Who knew a microwave could affect someone so?


6 Comments so far

  1. Rachel March 21st, 2009 12:20 am

    I’m with you. It takes a lot for a movie to make me uncomfortable. A lot. But that rape scene literally made me want to avert my eyes. The last thing that did that was The Hills Have Eyes.

    I really, really loved the original and was very satisfied with how this one did. Some recent remakes really ruin the entire story (friday the 13th, I’m looking at you) so I was really glad to see this one completely kick ass.

    I think my reaction to the microwave was also “Jesus Christ!” Also, how about that scene at the kitchen sink. Holy fuck, eh?

  2. SaltyDroid March 21st, 2009 12:21 am

    Haven’t seen it {either one} :: But I must agree that rape scenes are almost always unwatchable. Artful cutaways demanded.

    Violence against microwaves is a less serious problem.

  3. Nicholas Jackson March 21st, 2009 12:46 am

    But Wes Craven does rape scenes better than anyone; he definitely knows how to make a modern horror movie really, well, horrific.

    I’ve yet to see the new Last House (was going to tonight — decided to be domestic and cook instead) but his remake of Hills Have Eyes was so scary I had to watch it again the next day … with my mom. She cried. I’m looking forward to his remake of Nightmare on Elm Street.

  4. Rachel March 21st, 2009 2:05 am

    Nicholas: unfortunately, Wes isn’t going to be involved in the Elm St. “reimagining.”

  5. michael March 21st, 2009 7:39 pm

    Rachel: Holy fuck indeed!

    SaltyDroid: Violence against microwaves kind of turns me on.

    Nicholas: I don’t think that being known for the BEST rape scenes is a good thing.

  6. Ormolu March 23rd, 2009 12:44 pm

    This is only peripherally related to your post, but I agree with you about rape scenes and the evilness of the act itself. That said, I saw “Lovelace: A Rock Opera” on Saturday and was wary about how they would treat the rape scene in it. Fortunately, it was very tasteful and focused on Linda’s strength of will.

    Then again, it wasn’t a horror film. A horror rock opera would be interesting, though.

    Oh, and I can’t recommend “Lovelace” high enough if you have a chance to see it.