Well all things are new again as the film has been remade like so many other classic low-budget horror films of the 1970s and 1980's :The Amityville Horror, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, My Bloody Valentine (in 3D no less!), The Hills Have Eyes (also a Wes Craven film) and the upcoming Friday the 13th . However I was surprised at how compelling the new version looks. It seems that in the 37(!) years since the film was made our notion of horror has changed and where this was once a statement on the death of hippie culture it's become a film about revenge for familial love and American justice. Originally i swore after Alexandre Aja's nearly unwatchable, pornographically violent The Hills Have Eyes remake that I wouldn't be seeing The Last House On The Left as the first film was so traumatizing. I think I've changed my mind now.
-side note how manipulative is the use of a cover of Guns N Roses' sweet child of mine?