Item description for Wes Craven's Last House On The Left by David A. Szulkin...
Wes Craven began his career in fear with a notorious low-budget shocker called Last House On The Left. Szulkin's book tells the inside story of the making of this landmark film through in-depth interviews, rare photographs and extensive research. Featuring stills from unreleased out-takes and commentary from Wes Craven, this book is the definitive record of one of the most legendary, iconoclastic horror movies in history. Now in a fully revised, updated and expanded second edition - with a contracted price too (gasp!).
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.5" Width: 6.7" Height: 0.6" Weight: 1.2 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2000
Publisher FAB Press
ISBN 1903254019 ISBN13 9781903254011
Reviews - What do customers think about Wes Craven's Last House On The Left?
Really into it Sep 15, 2004
The best way to describe this book is reverent. This is a seriously in depth look at Wes Craven's demented debut, Last House on the Left.
Szulkin has done a ton of research. There are countless references in here to obscure genre work, foreign films, etc, etc. Plenty of pictures, too, big, bright and shiny pictures of various artwork from the film and its unofficial 'sequels', grisly scenes, and more. Whatever you think of the film, this is an impressive book.
Last House on the Left is definitely demented, but looking at the current state of the horror genre, it holds up pretty well. The raw, grainy quality and the depiction of the kind of sick, stark horror you read about in the papers--this is definitely not a movie that glorifies crime and murder as other slick, entertaining films do. Craven would do similar things later in the decade with The Hills Have Eyes, another ultra low-budget but creepy study of an American family.
Video nasty buffs and horror fans will highly appreciate such a respectful book about an oft-disrespected and reviled film. I mean, this is the second, revised edition(!) That is dedication, folks.
Horrifying Jun 7, 2004
I think this may be one of those reviews that get 0 out of 20 user ratings. I didn't even read the whole book, only about 50%. If you want a good review go read any of the other usefull ones of which there are plenty.
Let me start out by saying that this is a good book, highly detailed just like everyone else has said. It however had me going out of the house to the nearest garbage can at three o'clock in the morning. After spending the whole day reading the very detailed desciptions of an orgy in violence I felt dirt, disgusted and in need of a shower and a memory loss. I couldn't get the imagery of the book out of my head and I definately couldn't sleep, so I decided to make a symbolic trip to the garbage can to cleanse my house since there was no way I could sleep with that thing in the house. If like me you have a sensitive disposition, you should be warned that this book may not be for you. Otherwise, like previously noted, it's probably a good book.
midnight confessions Jan 31, 2000
hello last house fans, as a close confidant of david szulkin and last house star david a hess, i must say people have to read this graphically detailed monster of written class. this 70's film student text book has inspiration.szulkin has touched the heart and soul of wes cravens masterpiece. All cult fanatics will read this book
a paramount reading, Dec 7, 1998
the importance of the movie,is overshadowed by Szulkin's "under the microscope" details and facts.And those details and facts are exactly why you can not put this book down.The index alone is a treasure listing of the the greatest horror/slasher/sci-fi/camp...movies ever made. I cannot wait to see what Szulkin's next subject will be....
1970's Horror Jun 27, 1998
This book is a must for any fan of 70's horror. The genre had a feel to it in the 70's, and this book shows that feeling. Great book for any aspiring filmaker.