Mar 22, 2008

The Last House in the Woods

The Last House in the Woods is a contemporary Giallo film which unlike its predecessors, is graphically and artfully violent and bloody. The film captures the sadism that was manufactured by early Italians and manages to add some American elements, such as the incredibly over-played Plaid-wearing deformed rednecks. Due to the title, you can tell this film is trying to cash in to the 70's exploitation boom. It's only a matter of time till they run of of possible combinations.

The story follows a sweet girl with her ex-boyfriend. He wants to get back with her so he decides to drive through the woods. While parked, sadistic would-be rapists attack her, but she is saved by a flashy Italian named Antonio (Go figure.) She and her lover are taken back to his house where she uncovers they might not be in the clear just yet.

The Last House in the Woods captures the fabled anti-hero theme very well towards the end, and provides manageable twists, guaranteeing you the blood and the suspense. Amazing energy and charisma comes from the family, as they provide a comfortable atmosphere for the lead characters and you, only to rip it away a second later. The Madness is captured fluidly by director Albanesi on film. One might notice the special effects work of guru Sergio Stivaletti as he slaves away to create a hellbound atmosphere of limbs.

For a feature debut, Gabriele Albanesi does a great job implementing himself in the Italian horror genre. The film itself takes nods from early Argento and just adds more violence. This as you know, can never be a bad thing. Relative to early Giallo, this film uses a rustic synth score that echoes the grand era. I never really fully appreciated Casio keyboards. The only thing really that doesn't belong in this film is the "reason" for the bloodshed. The Last House in the Woods is an uncompromising film that delivers it's promise; to shock, offend, and spin a web with a nihilistic atmosphere. Thank god, Giallo is reborn.


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