Once in a generation, there is that movie that scares everybody. That movie which causes you to look around in fright. That movie that keeps you from sleeping at night. Once in a generation, a movie comes around that is amazing, terrifying, and horrific. For this generation, that movie is The Last House on the Left.
Last House tells the story of the Collingwood family – Mari (Sara Paxton), Emma (Monica Potter), and John (Tony Goldwyn) – their vacation, and their summer lake house (with its own guest home). While this seems like a normal summer vacation for a rich family, the Collingwoods are on this trip to help alleviate the pain of recently losing their son/brother, and they are each dealing with it in different ways. Mari attempts to swim her pain away, though she always wears a necklace to remind her. John shuts himself away by working at his hospital, fixing other broken people. Emma pays attention only to her legal cases, hoping to find her saving grace in one more argument. The family wanted to come together during the vacation, but they didn’t want it to happen this way.
Last House also tells the story of the Krug gang, a group of low-life thugs who just broke their boss out of a cop car. While running from the law, Krug (Garret Dillahunt) and his posse (played by Aaron Paul and Riki Lindhome) run into Mari while she is lighting it up with Justin (Spencer Treat Clark), Krug’s kid. As Mari has seen his face, Krug cannot let her go – this is where the story starts to get interesting.
Just because you cannot let her go doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun with her. Krug and his group rape, beat, and strangle Mari, just because she chose the wrong guy to get high with. They then shoot her in the back and leave her for dead. With a storm quickly approaching, the gang heads to the nearest shelter — the Collingwood home. John and Emma are quite hospitable and treat the four very well, until the almost dead Mari crawls up onto the porch. That is where the movie turns, and the Collingwood family starts to plot their revenge.