Season 3: Episode 79 - Last House on the Left (1972) / Big Driver (2014)
The Last House on the Left (1972)
1972 exploitation film written, edited and directed by Wes Craven and produced by Sean Cunningham, which is based on the Swedish film by Ingmar Bergman ‘The Virgin Spring’. It was filmed on a modest budget of $87,000 but would gross over $3million.
Originally to be filmed as a hardcore film with all actors and crew being totally committed, was changed after shooting began to make a softer film. Craven idea of the film was to not glamourise violence. The film would star David A Hess, Sandra Peabody and Steve Miner as a hippie taunting Deputy.
The film would be remade in 2006 by Rogue Pictures
Big Driver (2014)
Based on a short story found in Stephen King’s Full Dark, No Stars (2010), Lifetime Channel would film with a screenplay by Richard Christen Matheson (son of Richard Matheson). Considered to be a television exploitation film, some critics were unimpressed while other critics praised this to the hilt.
The story deals with a crime mystery writer driving cross country for a meet and greet where she ends up on the side of the road in a rural area. It is a revenge tale that after a beating and raping, Tess takes matters into her own hands. It is often compared to King’s version of the classic exploitation film, I Spit On your Grave.
Starring Maria Bello, Joan Jett and Olympia Dukakis and directed by Mikael Salomon.
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Opening Credits (.20); Introduction (1.52); Forming the Plot (24.40); Film Trailer (30.46); Page to Page (32.37); Outlining the Script (1:05.37); Film Trailer (1:09.09); Lights, Camera, Action (1:11.16); Epilogue (1:44.34); End Credits (1:58.57); Closing Theme (1:59.46)
Opening Credits – Introduction and Opening Credits – by David A Hess from the album Original Soundtrack Recording Last House on the Left
Closing Credits – Revenge – by P!nk and Eminem from the album A Beautiful Trauma
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