THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT Remains Horror's Gut-Punch

Jul 3 2018 -- 2:55 PM

Horror movies used to be the chiaroscuro monster movies of the '30s and '40s, or the alien invasion allegories of the '50s, or the technicolor costume dramas of the '60s. But with 1968's Night of the Living Dead, horror became visceral, gritty, upsetting—it became real.

In the 1970s, as New American Cinema ushered in the age of the independent film, so too did horror get more homegrown, less glossy. And right at the forefront of that was Wes Craven. In 1972, the 33-year-old former professor wrote, edited, and directed a movie that's still shocking and upsetting 46 years later: The Last House on the Left.