Trivia / The Last House on the Left

The 1972 film:

  • Banned in China: The film was banned in the UK, labelled as one of the Video Nasties. It didn't get released uncut there until 2008.
  • Dawson Casting: It can be pretty hard to take Junior seriously in the original film, as he looks about the same age as his father.
  • Enforced Method Acting:
    • On the special edition DVD actors commentary track, the actors playing Krug and Weasel claim they terrorized the actresses playing Mari and Phyllis, right down to hinting during the filming of the rape scene that they'd go ahead and actually commit the act if they didn't think the actresses' performances were convincing enough.
    • The part where they make Phyllis pee her pants? For real.
  • Old Shame: Fred J Lincoln has gone on record to say that he considers this the worst movie he ever did.
  • Real-Life Relative: Wes Craven's son Jonathan Craven cameos as the little boy who gets his balloon popped by Krug's cigar.
  • Tuckerization: Mari's last name Collingwood comes from Wes Craven's high school.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Vestron tried making a sequel (directed by Danny Steinmann) in the 1980s. Ultimately, the proper permission to create a sequel was never secured.
    • Martin Kove was up for the role of Krug, due to his intimidating size. However he opted to play the smaller role of the Deputy, recommending his friend David Hess for the part.

The 2009 remake:

  • Actor Allusion:
    • Mari in the remake is a champion swimmer. She's played by Sara Paxton, who previously played a mermaid in Aquamarine.
    • Monica Potter previously had to deal with serial killers terrorising her family in Saw.
  • Blooper: Bruises can be seen on Mari and Paige's legs in the hotel room scene. This was because those scenes were filmed after those in the forest, and the actresses sustained the bruises doing their own stunts.
  • Contractual Purity: Invoked. The filmmakers wanted to cast an actress with this - so that no one could find any Fanservice in the rape scene. Sara Paxton fit the bill, coming from Disney and with a string of family-friendly credits to her name.
  • Dawson Casting: The teens were played by Sara Paxton (21), Martha MacIsaac (24) and Spencer Treat Clark (22).
  • Enforced Method Acting:
    • Garret Dilahunt, Aaron Paul and Riki Lindhome all did gun training to prepare for their roles.
    • Sara Paxton took daily swimming lessons to believably portray an experienced swimmer.
  • Playing Against Type:
    • Riki Lindhome from Garfunkel and Oates and Another Period plays Sadie, Krug's psychotic wife.
    • To a lesser extent, Sara Paxton, who had mostly done family friendly comedies and played various airheads and Alpha Bitches.
  • Remake Cameo: Subverted. David Hess was offered a cameo but declined.
  • What Could Have Been: The film was going to be released Direct-to-Video, but positive reactions from test screenings led to a theatrical release. It grossed a respectable $45 million.