Box art for The Loved Ones (Unrated)

The Loved Ones (Unrated)

drama, horror

Hell hath no fury like a prom queen scorned. When Brent rejects Lola's invitation to prom, he becomes the victim of her twisted revenge. Now, the only guest at Lola's terrifying and demented prom, he must fight to survive.

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: It's like a psychotic re-imagining of PRETTY IN PINK!

- Chris Bumbray, JoBlo's Movie Emporium, Thursday, July 29, 2010

Fresh: ...a fast-paced, downright fun horror-movie ride...

- David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: Transcends mere torture porn -- though there's plenty for the squeamish to squirm over here -- in its deftly controlled mix of empathy, grotesquerie and sardonic humor.

- Dennis Harvey, Variety, Friday, September 18, 2009

Audience Reviews

4 stars

img]] One might call this a ludicrous, mindless incentive to the recent trend of torture porn films. But the antagonists in "The Loved Ones" have genuine motives, which adds to their entirely believable depictions. Simply, this is a disturbing, intelligent, terrifying film. The premise itself is a real stroke of genius. Essentially, "Carrie" meets "Hostel". Nobody should be put off by that mix because it is a great deal more suspenseful, intelligent, and in every way superior to "Hostel". It's harder than it may seem to make a truly disturbing slasher, it has to have the ability to avoid looking ridiculous and has to be directed well enough to avoid being amateurish. But Sean Byrne get's absolutely everything correct, from believable characters, to a wittily written script, to moments that leave you right on the edge of your seat, to a truly fist-knawing finale. It's a bonus that it makes many tips and numerous nods to classics such as "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" for fans of genre. Which actually caused me to grin a few times. Not because it was at any point laughable, it's absolutely far from amusing, but as a result of a director who kept my confidence in his talents up. He proved he understands what it requires to make a slasher actually worth seeing. But the greatest stand out is easily Robin McLeavey, you don't see many actresses who can do "psycho bitch", and boy can boy can she pull it off. Bottom line; a mixture of good performances, outstanding direction and decent scriptwriting. It's everything a horror fan could want. And I liked it very much.

- aquateen2, Thursday, November 29, 2012

4 stars

Ever wonder what it would be like if a John Hughes movie turned into a horror flick? Well,here it is! "The Loved Ones" is about a loner girl named Lola(Robin McLeavy) who asks Brent(Xavier Samuel) to prom,and he nicely declines. What he doesn't know,is Lola is a psychopath and has an even crazier dad. They kidnap Brent,and proceed to torture him. Reminded me a lot of the origional "texas chainsaw massacre" when they're all around the table. One screwed up family,that's for sure. I love torture horror movies,especially ones that don't go so overboard it's unreal. This comes close to going overboard,and in some ways does, but it's very much grounded in reality. You'll never look at a power drill the same way again. I've only seen one other Australian horror movie that I can recall, "wolf Creek". "Creek" was slow,then smacked you in the face with some pretty crazy horror. This wastes little time before thrusting you in, and runs at a brisk 85 minutes. This is better than just about all the american horror movies over the last 5 years probably. Fan of horror, then you have to check this out. If you have a quesy stomach, then watch a PG movie with your loved ones.

- fb100000145236770, Friday, June 1, 2012

3 stars

The Loved Ones isn't immediately likable, in fact, I found myself annoyed at all the classic horror 'nods' (influences/rip offs) and wondered if I cared enough to stay up late to keep watching. I'm a little tired this morning but I'm glad I did. The Loved Ones definitely grows on you, it has a disjointed charm about it - I'm not sure if this is a serendipitous bonus due to it being very similar to the films that have been an obvious influence to director Sean Byrne or not but the fact that the film is shot so beautifully makes me think it stands on its own merit. Sean Byrne has thought about every single shot, all are composed beautifully and all add that certain Je ne sais quoi a horror film needs to be a success - or to at least stand out against the rest. The sub-plot seems unnecessary but there was something about it I quite liked about it, Robin McLeavy was great in her role and I look forward to seeing more from Byrne, so far he's keeping the tradition that pretty much all Aussie horror films are ace!

- SirPant, Friday, August 26, 2011