The Loved Ones

  • 18
  • Sean Byrne (2009)
  • Aus
  • 80 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

The torture-porn genre gets a Day-Glo makeover in this hilariously deranged Ocker shocker. Xavier Samuel stars as Brent, the unfortunate youth who makes the mistake of turning down a date to the school dance from Lola (Robin McLeavy), a seemingly sweet but rather plain fellow student. As revenge, she gets her adoring dad (John Brumpton) to kidnap him and then sets about re-creating the dance at her own house - and just to make sure Brent behaves like the perfect date, the deranged duo have a range of knives, power tools and other lethal implements at their disposal to help him get into the right party mood. The bodily harm inflicted by writer/director Sean Byrne on the hapless Brent is wince-inducing in the extreme, but the cheerful black humour means it's never nastily exploitative. The result is the best Australian horror flick since Wolf Creek and an instant cult classic.

Plot Summary

Horror thriller starring Xavier Samuel and Robin McLeavy. Brent already has a loving girlfriend, so declines an offer to go to the school dance with the quiet Lola. But despite her timid demeanour, Lola isn't the kind of girl who takes no for an answer.

Cast and crew

Cast

Brent
Xavier Samuel
Lola "Princess"
Robin McLeavy
Daddy
John Brumpton
Jamie
Richard Wilson
Holly
Victoria Thaine
Mia
Jessica McNamee

Crew

Director
Sean Byrne

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Guidance: 
Contains violence, swearing, drug abuse, sex scenes, nudity.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Certificate 18
Distributor:
Optimum Releasing
Categories
Drama

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