Rewatched Jun 16, 2012
Chris Armstrong’s review:
This, along with Zack Snyders 'Dawn' remake, are the only two worthwhile films to come out of the barrage of turgid "re-imaginings" that cinemas have been infested with for the past 10 years.
For me, the 'Last House' remake takes everything that was bad about Cravens original and fixes it. Now I know that this might be blasphemy to some, but I've never really been a big fan of the original, I agree that it has its place in horror history and that it's certainly powerful and disturbing in places, but as a whole it's far too flawed and uneven.
Here we have no annoying comedy cops, parents that aren't cardboard cut outs and a revenge section that actually satisfies. And shockingly, this actually still manages to be quite harsh and disturbing...Something I never thought i'd say when I first read that this was next on the remake conveyor belt.
But there is one thing that the original has that this doesn't and that's the presence of the great David Hess. Garret Dillahunt does a fine job as Krug, and probably portrays him in a more sadistic way, but unfortunately he's no Hess.
The film actually looks great too, with it's own style. Unlike the Platinum Dunes remakes which all look exactly the same...why they bother hiring different directors is a mystery.
I would've given this a higher rating, as i'm quite fond of it, but one scene almost ruins it...the very last scene. It reeks of a re-shoot brought on by a test screening audience who demanded some ridiculous splatter. Nothing wrong with splatter, but it doesn't belong in this movie.
So anyway, If you've avoided this like the plague due to your loyalty to the original (which I understand completely) give it a try, you might be surprised.