When Brent turns down his classmate Lola's invitation to the prom, she concocts a wildly violent plan for revenge.
Release Year: 2009
Rating: 6.7/10 (6,139 voted)
Stars: Xavier Samuel, Robin McLeavy, Victoria Thaine
Storyline In order to avoid a ghostly figure in the road, high school senior Brent Mitchell wraps his car around a tree, killing his father. Constantly confronted by his mother's emotional collapse after the accident, Brent escapes into a marijuana fueled world of loud metal music to block the pain and guilt. Dejected and out of sorts, he has a shot at happiness with his girlfriend Holly, a grounded, caring girl with drop dead good looks, a dream date for the high school prom. But his plans are thwarted by a disturbing series of events that take place under a mirrored disco ball, involving pink satin, glitter, syringes, nails, power drills and a secret admirer. Brent has become the prom king at a macabre, sadistic event where he is the entertainment.
Cast: Xavier Samuel
Andrew S. Gilbert
Takeaway Shop Attendant
Under the instructions of director Sean Byrne, Robin McLeavy prepared for the role of Lola by researching the serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, as well as watching
Natural Born Killers and the works of Quentin Tarantino.
The trick is not to go too far. Just enough to break through the skull.
I wouldn't have thought, that I could watch one more torture horror
movie and be entertained by it. "The Loved Ones", however, may be the
last movie of that subgenre to actually be worthwhile. Really
worthwhile, that is.
Much like "Wolf Creek", another Australian horror movie that took an
ancient old premise and turned it into a tense and thrilling hellride,
"The Loved Ones" is so masterfully crafted, it succeeds where it should
fail. The actors - first and foremost the devilish pairing of Robin
McLeavy and beady eyed John Brumpton - are just terrific, as is the
cinematography and the set pieces. Beautiful bubblegum pink mixes with
blood and guts. Director/writer Sean Byrne knows how to balance his
first feature film between repulsive scenes and comedic relief.
In the end "The Loved Ones" becomes almost cartoonish and
Tarantino-esquire in its climax: The movie has got you rooting so much
against the villains that when they finally get theirs, you will howl
Yep, "The Loved Ones" is the torture movie to end all torture movies.
Hopefully, because NOW really everything has been said that needed to
be said in that subgenre.