Hi, I'm an AS Media student, and this blog contains research into the different aspects of film and media, specializing in the Slasher genre. The research has all been put towards the development of my coursework production 'Camp Ivy', which I co-produced with Poppy and Millie. Our coursework has been influenced by the rural locations and mise-en-scene in Friday the 13th and Eden Lake.

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Slasher EG3: The Last House On The Left

The Last House on the Left Poster
DVD cover
The Last House On The Left (Wes Craven, 1972)
BUDGET: $90k.
BOX OFFICE: $3.1m (USA).
RATINGS: 5.9 (IMDb).

  • Firstly, we're provided with exposition 'based on a true story'.
  • The first shot is of the camera panning across a lake. There is diegitic sound from the noise of birds in the surrounding trees.
  • Everything seems and appears peaceful, and normal.
  • The next shot is of a letterbox, with the name 'Mari' and a love heart written on it. This signifies this girl is important to the film.
  • A car pulls up at the letterbox, and the man leans over to open the door. A dog jumps in, and both the dog and the man seem familiar with each other, which signifies the man goes to the house a lot. There is a medium-close up as he is going through letters, which are all for Mari.
  • He climbs out of the car, and puts the letters into the post box. Exposition is given, as he is talking about how 'beautiful' Mari is.
  • There is then a shot reverse shot, of who the audience presume to be Mari looking in the mirror, and the man leaning against his car.

  • As the titles appear, there's a sense of voyeurism and the camera moves through a woods, and focuses on a window. As the film title appears, we see a girl showering, through the frosted glass.

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