Director – Wes Craven
Cast – Sandra Cassel, Lucy Grantham, David Hess, Fred J. Lincoln, Jeramie Rain, Marc Sheffler, Richard Towers, Cynthia Carr
Release Year – 1972
Reviewed by John of the Dead
This film is regarded as one of the most f*cked up films in history, and given what I saw, and that fact that this came out way back in 1972, I have got to agree with that claim. This film has guts! I am sure back in 1972 that Wes Craven’s first flick was not very well received given the horrific things you will see in this film(rape, torture, dismemberment to name a few…).
This film follows two teenage girls on their way to the “big city” to catch their favorite band Bloodlust. Along the way they try and score some “grass” from a thug who is part of a group of escapees wanted for murder and rape. He leads them back to his “place” and the group of escapees take the two girls hostage(among other things) and take them back to the woods where the girls are from. After doing some pretty horrible things to the girls(and making them do things to each other) the girls break free from the group. However they are soon caught, and then brutally murdered. But this film doesn’t end there…hehe. The group of escapees then heads to a nearby house pretending to be “salesmen” in need of a place to stay for the night. Little do they know that the owners of the house are the parents of one of the girls they killed! After the parents notice clues linking these delinquents to their missing daughter, they search for her and find her barely alive, but in really really bad shape. The parents then decide to go back home and get some revenge on those who not only debauched her daughter, but are sleeping on their beds!
Note: This film is pretty much a remake of Ingmar Bergman’s The Virgin Spring, a Swedish film with basically the exact same plot with only minor differences.
This film is epic. You never lose interest in what is going on in this film, and I like that. This film has some pretty nasty and horrendous scenes that will shock you, but will keep your interest peaked as well. I also really loved the musical score for this movie. I found it hilarious how during some pretty intense torture scenes instead of hearing “scary” music, we hear some silly acoustic songs you would normally hear in a family movie. LOL! YES!
This film does not have many flaws other then the typical 70‘s-80’s horror flick flaws of not so great acting, and silly film editing, but that’s what makes these movies so fun to watch! My only real complaint is that I wished the parents vs. escapees scene would have lasted much longer. I figured that part of the film would happen towards the end, but it happened so far towards the end that it seemed a tad bit rushed, especially because right from the moment they enter the house we are anticipating the climax!
Overall, this is a classic horror film that you should definitely check out, and have some barf bags ready if you are a weak one.