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  • Actors: Xavier Samuel, Jessica McNamee
  • Directors: Sean Byrne
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Optimum Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Oct. 2010
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003YUBZ70
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,082 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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After a freak car accident, high school student Brent Mitchell (Xavier Samuel, Twilight: Eclipse)’s flame goes out. He was behind the wheel when a random figure ran into the road and there was nowhere to turn. The car ended up around a tree and his father ended up dead. His home, now reduced to just him and his mother, is a muted shell filled with grief and silent despair. The only bright point of his life at all is Holly (Georgina Haig), his beautiful and vibrant girlfriend. The only soul with a chance of pulling him out of his self imposed exile, Holly is, of course, his date for the school prom. But there’s another girl who yearns to comfort Brent, Lola (Robin McLeavy), the quietest girl in school. When he politely turns down her offer of a date to the prom, that refusal turns out to be the biggest mistake he ever made. For Brent will now be attending a macabre, alternative Prom; a sick creation from the twisted minds of Lola and her father (John Brumpton)… A terrifying series of events take place involving pink satin, glitter, syringes, nails and power drills; all under a mirrored disco ball with Brent as the centrepiece.

A virtual treatise on teen obsession, effectively blending violence with blackly comic humour, The Loved Ones is a sexy, fun, relentlessly attacking pop-horror nightmare. It’s John Hughes gone straight to hell.

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Tom on 11 Oct. 2010
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 Oct. 2011
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Drury on 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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. Ryden on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Lowther on 22 April 2014
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I enjoyed this movie, it has a rawness about it and maybe a certain naivety that retracts a little from suspense but is still very watchable. It doesn't really allow the viewer to do anything as it's so in your face, but the gore is quite well done and made the film enjoyable. This film is a little like 'Carrie' with the neurotic prom queen, who gets mad but there is where the similarity ends. Unlike Carrie, the protagonist takes control and we find out that she is a major manipulator with a very dark secret world. I would recommend
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