When I started to watch Last House on the Left (the original, 1972 Wes Craven version), I got the distinct impression I actually had seen it before. Watching the whole thing, some scenes definitely resulted in some disturbing deja vu, but I really don't know if it's because I had seen it before, or because I had merely watched some scenes before.
I'll admit I've long conflated Last House on the Left with I Spit on Your Grave in my mind. Both are low budget rape revenge flicks, and I have distinct memories of Siskel and Ebert, on their original show, singling out one of them. Turns out it was I Spit on Your Grave. (Roger Ebert actually gave Last House on the Left a positive review.) Below is the episode of Sneak Previews in which they talk about "Women in Danger" movies, better known as Slasher films.
Now, I find it a little hard to believe Roger Ebert could be against something like Friday the 13th and OK with Last House on the Left, but then again, he had about a decade between the two. Maybe by the time Friday the 13th came out he was just plum over these kinds of movies.
And I kind of get it. I've had MORE than a few decades of viewing, and at this point in my life, watching something like Last House on the Left is just...depressing. I think it's the overall low-budget, and weird shifts in tone that do it. It feels like a 1970's porno at times (and in fact one of the actors had a career in porn) but instead of a happy ending you have castration. And after watching this one (perhaps again?!) I know for sure that I will never, ever watch I Spit on Your Grave.
Assuming I haven't already, and simply erased it from my memory.
Last House on the Left is currently streaming on Amazon Prime.