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In the original film The Last House on the Left (1978) and the remake in 2009 the house in question is a lake house in the woods with no other houses around. So what is the meaning behind the title The Last House on the Left? It sounds like it would be referring to a house on a street in a suburban neighborhood, so I don't quite understand how the title refers to the house in the movie. What was the reason Wes Craven chose this as the title?

  • I had the exact same question. Terrible name for that movie. – DustinDavis Oct 5 '18 at 15:59
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They choose the name The Last House on the Left after going through different names even though it doesn't make sense.

May be they didn't get a good one in time.

Wes Craven originally called the screenplay Night of Vengeance. Then it was Sex Crime of the Century, quoting a line of dialogue from the movie. Krug & Company, after the villains, was deemed not suitably ominous. Someone eventually came up with The Last House on the Left, which is ominous even though it doesn't make sense. (The house is isolated on a country lane with no other homes nearby.)

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I have no idea why the movie is called "The Last House on the Left".

But almost every city street and country lane has a definite beginning and end. if there are one or more houses along a side of the central city street or remote country road, there will be a first house and a last house on that side if you come from one direction, and a first and a last house on that side if you come from the other direction, although the first and the last houses switch places depending on the direction one travels.

And when someone is riding a car or walking along a street or road, any buildings on the right side of their body are considered to be on the right side of the road, and any buildings on the left side of their body are considered to be on the left side of the road. And when people travel in the opposite direction, the left and the right sides of the road are switched.

So every side of every road is both the right side and the left side of that road or street depending on which way one is travelling, and so every building is on the right and on the left depending on which way one is travelling.

So every street and road that has at least one house on it has at least one "house on the left".

In some movie scenes when people arrive at a destination that includes a house one can see other houses nearer and beyond it on the same side of the road, and so the viewer can say that is must not be either the first or the last house on that side of the road but must be one of the middle houses.

And in other movie scenes when people arrive at a destination the viewer might not be able to tell if there are any other houses on that side. And if they can't tell, that house could possibly be the last house on that side.

So now, if I ever watch any version of The Last House on the Left I'm going to try to remember to notice details that indicate whether any location might possibly be "the last house on the left".

And if I don't see any place that could be "the last house on the left" in The Last House on the Left I will wonder why they chose that title.

Could it have something to do with the last house a character will ever live to see, or the last house still left untouched by violence, or the last house with dwellers who are leftists, or something like that?

If at least one of the houses in the film could possibly be literally "the last house on the left" there won't be any need to speculate about such interpretations.

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Tha answer can be found on the original movie poster for the 1972 version o fthe film:

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"She lived in the last house on the left".

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    I'm not following how this answers the question. – sanpaco Oct 3 '18 at 21:15
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    As the question and the existing answer point out, she didn't live on the last house on the left. – F1Krazy Oct 4 '18 at 5:47
  • And IIRC, you had to take a left to get down the country lane. Being that we really don't know what was beyond it, and considering the movie poster explicitly states "She lived in the last house on the left", how do we really know that she didn't, in fact, live in the last house on the left? There seems to be more facts pointing to that being the case than there are contrary facts. – Johnny Bones Oct 4 '18 at 17:16
  • @JohnnyBones its mentioned in the movie that there isn't another house around for miles. – sanpaco Oct 4 '18 at 21:39
  • @sanpaco - Exactly. It's the last house on the left. – Johnny Bones Oct 5 '18 at 12:48

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