The Last House on the Left

Rating: O (R)

NEW YORK (CNS) — The following is a capsule review of a movie recently reviewed by the Office for Film & Broadcasting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Glossy remake of horrormeister Wes Craven’s influential, low-budget thriller from 1972 pits the parents (Tony Goldwyn and Monica Potter) of a 17-year-old girl (Sara Paxton) against the fugitive sociopaths who, hours earlier, brutally attacked their daughter and her friend. Director Dennis Iliadis applies an arty sheen to the sadistic mayhem without generating enough compensatory thematic resonance or rendering the comparatively less exploitative picture worthwhile.

A litany of graphically violent acts using all manner of implements, rape, sodomy, pervasive rough and crude language, several instances of profanity, upper female nudity, groping, marijuana use and some sexual banter.

The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O — morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R — restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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