Entertainment Fact Or Fiction - Wes Craven Movies Part 1

Wes Craven is one of the best and most influential horror movie director's of all time and it's a shame that we will not be seeing any more of his creative influence on Hollywood. With that being said, let's take a look back at the movies that made him.

The Last House On The Left
When fledgling director Wes Craven took this film to the MPAA, they slapped it with an "X" rating. Wanting an R for wider release, Craven went back and removed ten minutes of footage. However, this still wasn't enough and the film still got an "X" rating. Once again Craven removed footage, this time taking out 20 minutes. It still wasn't enough. Finally, Craven put all of the original footage back in, got an authentic "RATED R" seal of approval from the film board from a friend of his, put it on the film and released it.

A mixture of red and blue food coloring mixed with caramel syrup was used for the fake blood, which - contrary to most movie blood - actually looks real.

According to various cast and crew members (especially David Hess and Fred J. Lincoln), actress Sandra Peabody was genuinely terrified throughout most of the shoot, at one point walking off-set.

Wes Craven later used the name "Krug" in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) for the film's villain, "Freddy KRUEGer." In both films the name is used for teenage murderers.

This movie has been banned several times in the UK by the BBFC. Originally, in 1974, it was rejected for a cinema certificate. In 1984, it was banned again when it became a "video nasty", and remained that way until 2000, when it was once more rejected for a cinema release. In 2001, it was rejected and remained banned. Finally, a video version in 2002 was passed with around 30 seconds of cuts for an 18 rating, ending a 28 year streak of being banned. It was finally passed fully uncut by the BBFC in March 2008.

Was banned for over 32 years in Australia. It was finally commercially available through DVD in 2004.

Based on the film The Virgin Spring (1960)

When distribution companies Hallmark and Atlas International released the movie in Germany, they attempted to pass it off as an actual "snuff" film (i.e., a real murder staged for the camera).

David Hess, Fred J. Lincoln, and Marc Sheffler improvised a lot of their dialogue.

In the 1980s, the American video versions contained additional text after the film had ended, reading: "Coming soon to a theatre near you. From the producers of Last House On The Left, and the director of Friday the 13th Part V, ... The Last House On The Left, Part II. You won't believe your eyes!" No sequel ever materialised.

Wes Craven's directorial debut.

According to director Wes Craven, the crew set up a special editing office to restore prints returned from cinemas because "every one would come back chopped up by theater owners".

Due to his size Martin Kove was originally up for the role of Krug. However he declined it in favor of the smaller comedic Deputy role, and suggested his friend David Hess for the role instead. Hess wore extra padded clothes for the audition but was given the role anyway, as well as being offered the music score.

The house the Collingwoods live in was owned by producer Sean S. Cunningham's parents.

Fred J. Lincoln has stated on numerous occasions that he considers this film to be the worst movie he ever did.

David Hess's film debut.

Fred J. Lincoln helped choreograph some of the more violent scenes in the movie.

Shot in 21 days.

When this movie was first released in 72 most critics found it disturbing however Roger Ebert gave it 3 and half stars and he got letters from people asking him how he could possibly support a movie like this.

Producer Sean S. Cunningham's station wagon is used when Lucy Grantham and Sandra Peabody are driving in the beginning.

The ads for this movie had a narrator saying, "...keep telling yourself..." then, an audience chanting over and over again "...it's only a movie" it was destroy muted by Amervlcan International Pictures in 1972.

Jonathan Craven:  Director Wes Craven's son plays the little boy who has his balloon popped by Krug Stillo's cigar.

Steve Miner:  (production assistant) hippie taunting the sheriff and deputy.

On the R1 DVD one of the actresses claims that for the "piss yer pants" scene, real urine was used. However, this contradicts David Szulkin's book on the making of the film, which states that a wet makeup sponge was concealed in Lucy Grantham's jeans.

Body Count 6

The Last House On The Left 2009 remake

Bruises are visible on both Paige and Mari's legs during the scenes in the hotel room. According to interviews, the bruises were a result of filming the scenes in the forest, which were filmed before the motel room scene. The makeup crew tried to cover up the bruises, but since the actors did their own stunts, the marks were too severe to be covered up by any makeup.

Co-Producer Jonathan Craven appeared as a child in the original The Last House on the Left (1972). He was the young boy with the balloon that Krug bursts as he walks past on the street.

In a March 12, 2009 Black Book interview, Sara Paxton revealed that the rape sequence took 17 hours to film.

According to Gorezone Magazine, the film was intended for a direct to DVD release in October of 2009, however after positive test screenings in the fall of 2008, it was decided to release the film theatrically.

Star Tony Goldwyn was at first reluctant about appearing in the film because of its violent content. Goldwyn changed his mind however after viewing director Dennis Iliadis's earlier film Hardcore (2004).

The interiors and exteriors of the Collingwood house were built all on the same location to avoid having to relocate the production to a sound stage.

At first the film was going to be shot in Westport, Connecticut, the location were the 1972 original was filmed, but the threat of hazardous weather caused the production to seek another location.

Over the course of a year the studio considered at least 100 directors for the film before finally settling on Dennis Iliadis after being impressed by his 2004 film Hardcore (2004).

David Hess was offered a cameo but declined.

Actors Tony Goldwyn and Monica Potter have both starred as the main antagonists in movies based on James Patterson's Alex Cross-based crime novels (Kiss The Girls and Along Came A Spider, respectively).