A remake of Wes Craven's 1972 cult classic of the same name, 'The Last House on the Left' is a typically underwhelming attempt at warming up cold soup.

Craven (of 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' and 'Scream' fame) and his producer from the original Sean Cunningham ('Friday the 13th') oversee matters here, but they fail to justify the need to go back over old ground.

The original was made on shoestring finances back in the day, and Craven has said he felt a bigger budget would enable Greek director Dennis Iliadis and his team to make a more expansive movie.

Adam Alleca and Carl Ellsworth take up the screenplay duties, but don't manage to add the depth that Craven seemingly sought. The one thing the movie does succeed in doing is to make the location in the South African city of Cape Town look quite like the Pacific Northwest area of the US where the story in set.

The movie itself revolves around two markedly different families. Their fates become entangled when teenager Mari (Paxton) and her friend Paige (MacIsaac) go back to the motel room of Justin (Clark) to smoke pot.

Justin's escaped convict father Krug (Dillahunt) arrives back to the room early with his girlfriend Sadie (Lindhome) and brother Francis (Paul).

The gang decide to do away with the girls, but all does not go to plan and they end up unwittingly seeking help from Mari's parents John (Goldwyn) and Emma (Potter) after the criminal gang get caught up in a thunderstorm.

The couple have already lost a son, which understandably makes them all the more determined not to lose Mari.

The plot is pretty predictable and as horrors go there are no more than a couple of scenes that would potentially lure your fingernails towards your teeth.

All in all 'Last House' is standard early summer fodder - watchable, but ultimately forgettable.

Séamus Leonard