The Last House on the Left was released in 1972, during a pivotal time in horror film when horror film makers started facing and portraying the unabashed brutality present in the world. This was the era of Tobe Hooper's The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The era of George Romero's Night of the Living Dead. The era of William Friedkin's The Exorcist and Cronenberg’s Rabid. Of those, only Last House was filmed in New England—Westport, Connecticut, to be exact.
I find it hard to call Last House a classic. It isn't the kind of movie that you marvel at and heartily recommend to your Netflix buddies. The film is so brutal, in fact, that this entry is almost more accurately filed in the Infamous Crimes and Killers section of this book than in Horror Movie Filming Locales. But it is a milestone in horror and holds an important place both for the reasons mentioned in the previous paragraph and because it was the film debut of the director who would go on to create Freddy Krueger and introduce Scream to a stagnating genre.
The film is adaption of Ingmar Bergman’s Virgin Spring...minus the spiritual paradox and redemptive beauty. In Last House, a group of fiends kidnap a pair of teenage girls and then do everything that can be done to a human being before ultimately killing them. Later, they find themselves taking shelter at the home of the parents of one of their victims, and the cycle of violence continues, with the fiends finding themselves lower down on the food chain.
The cemetery that was used is called Poplar Plains Cemetery and can be found on Wilton Road in Westport. I doubt it has a street address, but it’s located adjacent to 287 Wilton, just down the way from restaurant called The Red Barn.
But either way, it’s a terrible place to die.