Birgitta Valberg and Max von Sydow, in 'The Virgin Spring'

Ingmar Bergman’s 1960 drama The Virgin Spring, whose story is retold in the contemporary 1972 horror film The Last House on the Left and its recent remake, is based on a 13th Century Swedish ballad that can be summarized in a sentence: a young girl is brutally raped and murdered, and the killers unwittingly seek refuge with her parents. I suppose because its setup is so simple it is ideal to be remade and reinterpreted; a filmmaker can make of it what he will … Read the rest of my review at Culturazzi.org

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