The Last House on the Left

Movie review by James Rocchi, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 18+

Grim, vengeful horror film well made -- but NOT for kids.

R 2009 100 minutes

Parents say

age 16+

Based on 27 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 25 reviews

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age 18+

Rated 18 (sexual violence and threat, strong bloody violence).

SEX/NUDITY - There are some images of strong nudity, as well as some strong verbal sex references. VIOLENCE/GORE - There are multiple scenes of strong violence, sometimes with very bloody detail and brief gory images, as well as elements of sadism. The strongest of these include a scene where a man's hand is mutilated after it is forced into a garbage disposal unit and a scene where a man's head explodes as a result of it being put in a microwave. Other scenes include stabbings, shootings and beatings, with resultant bloody detail. There is also an extended sequence where two girls are subjected to sexual humiliation, leading up to the rape of one of the girls. The scene contains significant focus on the terror of the victims during the ordeal, as well as their helplessness. There are also verbal references to rape. PROFANITY - Frequent use of strong language ("f*ck"), as well as one use of very strong language ("c*nt"). Frequent use of milder language also features. DRINKING/DRUGS/SMOKING - There is a sequence of drug misuse (cannabis), as well as occasional drug references. There is also some alcohol use. THREAT/HORROR - There is sustained intense threat throughout. Much of the threat is also sexual in nature, mainly in the prolonged sequence where two girls are sexually humiliated (and one is raped). 18 - Suitable only for persons aged 18 years and over. Contains very strong content, and is recommended for viewing by adults only.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
age 18+


One that should only be seen by adults, 18 and up. The film does have nudity but not as much as other films. The acting and believe ability is very strong besides Sarah Paxton's performance. There's very realistic hardcore and gory violence that is real life looking, there's swearing that may offend parents or other adults. The story centers around a family's daughter who was almost killed by a group of serial killers and is extremely injured. While trying to take care of their daughter the mother and the father decide to get revenge on the killers for what they did. The message is great for parents to see what could happen to their child if they're not careful enough or responsible enough to care for them. It has a great message for parents and adults. But it is not to be seen by kids. Parents should wait until their child has turned 18 to see this movie.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much violence
Too much swearing

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