Film Focus – Last House On The Left (1972)

Former video nasties and Wes Craven directorial debut

When two teenage girls head to the city for a concert they look to score some weed before hand. they picked the wrong people to ask as the ones they asked are four escaped convicts who brutalise them before taking them to the woods to continue the horrid actions.

The convicts continue there assault which turns to rape and murder. The convicts are stuck in the woods and take shelter in a house which happens to belong to one of their victims who’s parents take out their revenge.

Being made on a shoe string budget makes this have more of a real feel and it does become very disturbing but if it was released now there is no way it would be banned. The villains are created up very nicely to make you really hate them, but in the cops take all the seriousness out if the film where they could easily be in a comedy as everytime they talk you just want to laugh.

There is a reason why Wes Craven is one of the best horror directors around. He started well with a risky film that made a big enough impact to be talked about still to this day as one of the original video nasties.

Best Part: the cops get a lift with a chicken farmer

My rating 74%


Film Focus – Shark Night 3D (2011)

When Jaws meets Piranha

When a group of college friends go on a break on a island house in the middle of a salt water lake everything seems like it is going to be a good weekend. Things take a turn for the worse when one of the group gets attack by a shark.

They are trapped on the island with no phone reception one boat and one man down surrounded by a lake full of a range of different species of sharks, the question remains how did the sharks get there and can they make it through the night.

This films releases fell right on a spike of real life shark attacks which didn’t help it in the box office. As an ABC creature feature type film this is very simple by the book and easy to watch the suspense never really grows as the film tries its hardest to use the full effect of 3d effects which do disappoint.

In the end the film plays out well and the story although shallow is developed to a level which just about makes a couple of the characters likeable. In the end it is piranha’s shallowness and Jaw’s monsters. Sit back and enjoy the film.

Best Part: Jet Ski Shark Kill

Best Character: Nick

Best Performance: Sara Paxton

My ratting 72%