Sandra Peabody

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Sandra Peabody
Sandra Peabody Teenage Hitchhikers.jpg.png
Peabody in Teenage Hitchhikers, 1975
Born Sandra Peabody
(1948-01-11) January 11, 1948 (age 69)
Portland, Oregon, U.S.
Other names Lydia Cassell
Liyda Cassell
Sandra Cassell
Sandra Cassel
Occupation Actress
Acting coach
Years active 1970–present

Sandra Peabody (born January 11, 1948)[1] is an American actress, screenwriter, producer and acting coach.[2][3] She is best known for her role as Mari Collingwood in Wes Craven's The Last House on the Left (1972). She subsequently starred in Voices of Desire (1972) and Massage Parlor Murders (1973) becoming one of the original scream queens. Peabody continued to act in exploitation films from the early to mid 1970s.

Early life[edit]

Sandra Peabody was born on January 11, 1948 in Portland, Oregon.[4]


In the early 1970s, Peabody starred in a few exploitation films before being cast in the low budget film The Horse Killer (1970), which is currently a lost film that was shot in Florida.[5] She was later cast alongside Spalding Grey and Philip Baker Hall in the 1971 film Love-In 72.[6] She later starred in Wes Craven's brutal and controversial 1972 film The Last House on the Left,[7][8] about two teenage girls, Mari Collingwood (played by Peabody) and Phyllis Stone (played by Lucy Grantham) who are kidnapped and brutally raped by a gang of psychotic convicts who recently escaped from prison. The film was a critical and commercial success, earning more than $3 million at the American box office.[9] Her performance was generally praised.[10][11]

Peabody in Voices of Desire, one of her early roles

Peabody was later cast in the horror films Voices of Desire (1972),[12] and Massage Parlor Murders (1973), the latter being a grindhouse film that has recently been released on DVD and Blu-ray.[13] Her next role was in the exploitation film Filthiest Show in Town. Peabody starred alongside Barbara Eden and John Bennett Perry in the musical Annie Get Your Gun that ran at the Shady Grove Music Fair, between 1973 and 1974.[14] She later starred in Case of the Full Moon Murders (1973).[15] In 1974, Peabody had a cameo role in the horror film Legacy of Satan.[16]

The following year, Sandra starred in the comedy film Teenage Hitchhikers, which was about a couple of young hitchhikers who embark on a cross country trip in search of freedom, excitement and independence. The film was met with generally positive reviews. After appearing in this film, Sandra quit acting. The same year, Peabody worked on the script continuity for the exploitation film Video Vixens.[17] In 1990, Sandra wrote and produced the television series Where in the World. The series lasted until 1995.[18]

In 2000, David A. Szulkin interviewed Peabody for his book, Wes Craven's Last House on the Left, which tells the inside story of making the film.[19] In 2001, Peabody wrote and produced the educational series Zone In.[20] She created more entries in 2007.[21] Peabody has appeared in several critically acclaimed horror film documentaries through archive footage such as Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film (2006) and Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (2010).[22] As of 2016, Peabody is reported to be an acting coach in the Portland, Oregon area.[23]

Personal life[edit]

Peabody quit acting in the mid 1970s. Most of the actors that portrayed the villains in The Last House on the Left (1972) stayed in character on the set, and it reportedly caused Peabody to feel genuinely frightened throughout most of the shoot.[24]



Year Title Role Notes
1970 The Horse Killer
1971 Love-In 1972 Jodie
1972 The Last House on the Left Mari Collingwood credited as Sandra Cassell
Voices of Desire Anna Reed credited as Liyda Cassell
1973 Filthiest Show in Town Olga credited as Sandra Cassel
Massage Parlor Murders Gwen
Case of the Full Moon Murders Strip Poker Girl credited as Debbie Craven
1974 Legacy of Satan Cult Extra
1975 Teenage Hitchhikers Bird


Year Title Notes
1990-1995 Where in the World Writer/Producer
2000-2007 Zone In Writer/Producer

Other works[edit]

Year Title Notes
1975 Video Vixens Script Continuity


  1. ^ "United States Public Records, 1970-2009," database, FamilySearch (23 May 2014), Sandra L Peabody, Residence, Portland, Oregon, United States; a third party aggregator of publicly available information.
  2. ^ Baronne, Matt. "The 50 Most Hard to Watch Scenes in Movie History". Complex. Retrieved May 13, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Sandra Peabody". Retrieved May 13, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Sandra Peabody". MyLife. Retrieved July 22, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Sandra Peabody". The AV Maniacs - Forum. Retrieved September 20, 2016. 
  6. ^ Henenlotter, Frank. "Love-In 72". Something Weird Video. Retrieved April 12, 2016. 
  7. ^ "A History of Horror". Retrieved 20 July 2010. 
  8. ^ "DVD trailers, reviews and ratings". Retrieved 20 July 2010. 
  9. ^ "The Last House on the Left, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved January 21, 2012. 
  10. ^ Catalino, Mike. "Original Vs. Remake: The Last House on The Left". Arrow in the Head. Retrieved May 13, 2016. 
  11. ^ Catalano, Catalano. "Original Vs. Remake: The Last House on The Left". Arrow in the Head. Retrieved May 13, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Voices of Desire (1972)". The Bloody Pit of Horror. Retrieved 7 April 2016. 
  13. ^ Cotenas, Eric. "Massage Parlor Murders Blu-ray/DVD Combo". DVD Drive-in. Retrieved 26 February 2016. 
  14. ^ "Annie Get Your Gun (1973)". Google Books. Retrieved June 18, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Sandra Peabody's career". The AV Maniacs - Forum. Retrieved September 20, 2016. 
  16. ^ Werner, Jason. "Legacy of Satan / Blood - Double Feature Coming to Blu-ray From Code Red DVD". Body Count Rising. Retrieved April 23, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Video Vixens!". IMDb. Retrieved April 11, 2016. 
  18. ^ "Kids Explore". WorldCat. Retrieved June 18, 2016. 
  19. ^ Szulkin, David. "Wes Craven's The Last House On The Left". Amazon. Retrieved April 11, 2016. 
  20. ^ "Zone in". WorldCat. Retrieved June 18, 2016. 
  21. ^ "Zone In on Fear". WorldCat. Retrieved June 18, 2016. 
  22. ^ "Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy Full Cast and Crew". IMDb. Retrieved April 11, 2016. 
  23. ^ "Lakewood: Class Instructors". Lakewood Center For The Arts. Retrieved April 11, 2016. 
  24. ^ "David Hess Interview". Slasherama. Retrieved April 11, 2016. 

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