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Last House on the Left DVD

At the time of its release in 1972, Last House on the Left traumatized moviegoers. The tagline, advising viewers to keep repeating “It’s only a movie, it’s only a movie” only served to enhance the illusion that the movie was based on true events. Surely, only a documentary could be this disturbingly graphic, right? Well, in a true testament to how jaded my generation is thanks to the modern-day slasher movie, the movie fails to scare. Specifically, it fails to scare me. Make no mistake, though — the story of two teenage girls who come across violent criminals who torture, rape, and kill them, is without a doubt very disturbing; at times, the movie is hard to watch because the violence aimed at the girls is convincingly visceral. The parents’ revenge is almost as hard to watch in the last third of the movie. While this kind of story can take place at any time, the movie’s soundtrack kept reminding me (annoyingly so) that the movie was made in the early ’70s; a lyricless score would’ve fared much better over the years. But for a low-budget movie, the film definitely makes an impression.

Last House on the Left is probably most notable since it was Wes Craven‘s first writing and directing effort. Craven, of course, has continued to contribute to the horror movie pantheon, bringing us Freddy Krueger in the Nightmare on Elm Street series and the Scream trilogy. While die-hard fans of the modern horror movie scene (like myself) will likely approach the movie with the same jaded attitude I had, it’s definitely worth watching to see how a director as influential and creative as Wes Craven started out.

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Now With an Extra Helping of Bitchiness!

Song Lyric of the Day

I hate the rain and sunny weather / And I hate the beach and mountains too / (And) I don’t like a thing about the city, no, no / And I, I, I, hate the countryside too!

Ugly Kid Joe / “Everything About You

Today is one of those days. Nothing particularly bad has happened, but I’ve been in one hell of a mood all day. I’m in full-blown superhero bitch mode. Going to grab a solo lunch, read Eat, Pray, Love, and see if my mood improves any. Failing that, I’ll be looking for chocolate.

Wrapping up lunch. At my desk. The restaurant I wanted to eat at was too busy by the time I got there, so I grabbed some lackluster fast food and came back to the office. Bah.

Woohoo! I entered my name in a drawing here at work yesterday, and I just got notified that I won two Regal movie passes and $50 to be donated to the charity of my choice. Who did I pick? I asked that the $50 be split between Pit Bull Rescue Central and Bless the Bullys, which is Tennessee-based. I chose them on behalf of Caleb, of course, and all his mistreated brethren.

Nothing like a quiet evening watching a horror movie from Netflix with the pets to get you ready for bedtime. Most notable thing about watching Last House on the Left? That I was able to watch it uninterrupted. Rich and I never get to watch anything uninterrupted — the phone rings, the cats have a fight, the dogs bark or start juggling to get our attention. I tell you, tonight’s DVD viewing was a historic event.

Now if I could just figure out why TiVo didn’t record the new episode of Rescue Me tonight. Good thing it repeats at 12:08AM. How I forgot to include this show’s title sequence in my post about title sequences is beyond me, so here it is:

Absolute perfection for this show.

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