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The Loved Ones [Blu-ray]

Xavier Samuel , Jessica McNamee , Sean Byrne    Suitable for 18 years and over   Blu-ray
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Xavier Samuel, Jessica McNamee
  • Directors: Sean Byrne
  • Format: Import, Blu-ray, Widescreen
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Optimum Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Oct 2010
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003YUBZ7A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,998 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Australian director Sean Byrne writes and directs this blood-soaked indie horror. When troubled high school heartthrob Brent (Xavier Samuel) turns down an invitation to the school prom from his highly-strung classmate Lola (Robin McLeavy), she enlists the help of her psychopathic father (John Brumpton) to execute a sadistic and brutal revenge upon him.

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United Kingdom released, Blu-Ray/Region B DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby DTS 5.1 ), English ( Dolby DTS-HD Master Audio ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Behind the scenes, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Brent (Xavier Samuel) is driving home late one night with his father when he swerves after seeing something in the road. The car spins out of control, and moments later Brent's dad is dead. Brent is wracked with guilt over the incident, and sinks into a deep depression, only beginning to sort out his feelings when he begins dating one of his classmates, a pretty and nurturing girl named Holly (Victoria Thaine). However, another young woman at school, Lola (Robin McLeavy), has taken an interest in Brent, going so far as to ask him to escort her to an upcoming dance. Loyal Brent turns Lola down, but he learns the hard way she doesn't handle disappointment well. Lola and her wealthy father (John Brumpton) force Brent to attend a private party at a cottage in the woods, where he's the only guest and Lola and her dad mete out brutal punishment for daring to hurt her feelings. The Loved Ones was the first feature film from director and screenwriter Sean Byrne. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Toronto International Film Festival, ...The Loved Ones (2009) (Blu-Ray)

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
By Tom
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Saw this at FrightFest in August and just got my copy on DVD now, it's amazing, a great twist on Stephen King's superb Carrie [DVD] [1976], a less gross version of Mum And Dad [2008] [DVD] and a Movie about mad obsession in a similar vain to Misery (Special Edition) [1991] [DVD] I don't want to ruin the story too much. It's full of dark humour and gore, some superb acting from a cast with amazing potential. Xavier Samuel the lead guy is in the last Twilight instalment The Twilight Saga: Eclipse [DVD] playing Riley. The whole story evolves around prom night and just how far a loving father(too loving in my opinion) will go to keep his daughter happy. Seriously good, will be watching this one quite a few times!!

UPDATE 01/01/2011 - Watched the film again and loved it again, very well made and love the side story of the slightly oddly matched but well played couple who actually go to the real prom. Quite clever how the girl is linked to the main story, and a touching moment later on which links her in.

EXTRAS on the DVD - Even though they are a bit brief in places, but with interviews with all the major cast and director answering basic questions about their love of horror movies (or not) and involvement in this one. Some nice behind the scenes footage with some good insight into the making of the movie.

Overall still loving this film. If you find the review useful, give me the thumbs up please :) Thanks!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sadistic, cruel, base and bloomin' marvellous. 24 Mar 2011
Format:DVD
My brother-in-law has a penchant for buying my wife and I the naffest films for special occasions (notably Hit and Run, Frozen and The Human Centipede). Suffice it to say, I had low expectations of this offering. Boy, was I in for a surprise.

I'm not one to regurgitate the synopsis to pad out a review so i'll cut to the chase. There really is very little new here but, let's face it, few films genuinely break new ground. Formulaic isn't necessarily bad; it's what you do with it that counts. The opening scene will have you scratching your head (ostensibly to establish the death of the protaganist's father) until halfway through the film.

After that, it's a rather ponderous start and I found myself disliking the rather lacklustre lead character. It's only once we're introduced to the highly dysfunctional (to say the least) antagonist's family that the fun really starts and I began to feel for Samuel's plight. The latter two thirds of the film is largely an exercise in sadistic torture (much more so than Texas Chainsaw Massacre in my opinion) which only serves to root for him even further (not least the unfortunate previous victims). The ending - admittedly - was rather pedestrian in comparison but overall a solid horror film well worth watching.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "..CULT MODERN CLASSIC HORROR GEM!!!.." 27 April 2012
Format:Blu-ray
This is another gem of the year for horror fans! A very strange story about a psycho girl who abducts her prom dates ever since an early age with the help of her deranged father, the movie is very dark and sinister and is brilliantly directed, there are some good gore moments and a few other deranged surprises thrown in the mix! Overall its a fresh, original and fantastic to watch little horror film that has a strong cast and has the power to be a cult classic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Macabre In Pink 3 Oct 2011
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
The Loved Ones is written and directed by Sean Byrne and stars Xavier Samuel, Robin McLeavy and John Brumpton. An Australian horror, the plot sees Brent Mitchell (Samuel) kill his father in a car accident. Stricken with grief he attempts to get on with his life aided by his girlfriend Holly (Victoria Thaine). But when the quietest girl in school, Lola Stone (McLeavy), asks him to the prom and he says no, he finds that he is suddenly the prom king star of a very different sort of party....

Kinda sick, kinda twisted, but an utterly compelling Aussie blood letting exercise that transcends torture porn whilst revelling in a sick sense of humour. With wry observations on teen angst and meditations on grief, loneliness, alienation and forbidden desires, Sean Byrne's film isn't out to solely shock the audience. With an evidently small budget to work from, Byrne has kept things tight and minimalist, this aids the film considerably, adding a sort of realism to the characters before it goes into overdrive as Brent (Samuel superb) finds that politely turning down Lola's (McLeavy a wonderfully monstrous creation) request has opened up (literally) a new world of pain. There's a misstep of a subplot involving another fumbling Goth couple actually going to the real prom, it serves no purpose other than to up the horny angst quota, but this is mostly slick/sick stuff. Backed by a kicking soundtrack, that's headed by the reoccurring Kasey Chambers hit single "Not Pretty Enough", itself creepy personified, The Loved Ones is highly recommended to horror fans who like a bit of torture in their diets. 8/10
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Enjoyable Aussie Slasher Flick. 25 Feb 2011
Format:DVD
The Loved Ones truly surprised me. It plays like a bloody pastiche of teen romance,"The Texas Chain Saw Massacre","Carrie" and Wes Craven's "People Under the Stairs". The main character Brent (Xavier Samuel) is a troubled kid with self-destructive traits. He blames himself for the tragic death of his father. Six months later and it's time for the night's prom. The mousy Lola asks Brent to be her date, forlorn when he explains he's already attending with his girlfriend Holly. Lola doesn't like to hear 'no', so she (with the help of her psychotic father) kidnaps Brent. The torture show begins with plenty of graphic blood and gore including cannibalistic captives gnawing on flesh or drilling lobotomy. Fantastically quirky and amusing horror film with great acting and lovely soundtrack. I really enjoyed the hell out of it. Some of the scenes were quite funny as well, since the director adds alot of black humor which works perfectly through out the film. While the plot isn't all that original, director Sean Byrne manages to blend a John Hughes feel (namely, "Pretty in Pink") into the dark, claustrophobic atmosphere of that like "Misery" and "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" (the twisted diner table scene). Xavier Samuel isn't able to speak through most of the film but still puts in a good performance. Not only did I want him to survive, but I wanted to see him exact sweet revenge for all that he'd been through. The pairing of Robin McLeavy and John Brumton, as the creepiest father and daughter I've ever seen, is also perfect. They really carry this movie. Anyway this Aussie horror flick is definitely one of the best horror films of 2010, what was great was the adrenaline rush generated from one after another horrifying moments and surprises. It was pure fun in a twisted way.
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