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After seeing the trailers for this film on another Blu Ray, I thought I'd give it a go. I'm glad I did, as there was lots to love about Loved Ones.

This gory teen-romance follows a date from hell that leads to all sorts of weird and wonderful places. The film is shot with care and attention (although in places this can feel a littel 'worthy') and the Australian scenery provides and beautiful backdrop to some very dark proceedings.

Much of the film takes place at night though, and as the story unfolds you're treated to some wonderful characters and acting - including particularly brilliant performances from the leading lady and her doting farther.

The story is very simple, yet manages to keep a few surprises up its sleeves for you. These both add to the story and keep your interest as events play out in this twisted tale of torture and unrequited puppy-love.

Horror and hack and slash films aren't usually one of my favourite genres of film, but I found Loved Ones had enough going on in it to help it stand out from the pack. It offers more than just blood gore, giving us wonderful sets and scenery, great characters, superb acting and some very dark comedy.

Love Ones basically takes your average tale about a bunny boiler - and turns the gas on full blast until the pot boils over.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 3 October 2011
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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on 3 January 2015
This movie is a classic. This is the best Aussie horror i think ive ever seen! would highly recommend this if your a horror fan that likes twisted style and suspense really well acted and directed.
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on 22 January 2015
If your ever asked to go to the prom by a girl pray to god she hasn't seen The Loved Ones,this movie is a mix of Saw,I spit on your Grave and any other torture film you can think of ,.but boy does it work,i won't give the lot away but if you like a thumping soundtrack great acting and lots of blood then this movie is for you.
Australian accents take a while to get use to but that might be just me,buy and enjoy
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on 26 October 2011
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.
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on 5 December 2014
my daughter asked for this for christmas as she has seen this before but wanted her own copy. She is totally into the whole horror thing and this will make her day
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on 25 July 2015
An enjoyable Australian splatter movie.

Kind of like Carrie meets Saw :-)

Worth a watch if you like your splatters.
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on 11 February 2014
A twisted, gruesome and rather depressing movie. A strange brew of Carrie and Texas Chainsaw Massacre ordeal horror. Five stars.
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on 2 April 2015
I had seen this before, and enjoyed it so much I bought the DVD.
It's a great film - exactly what a horror film should be
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on 3 August 2013
This is one of the best horrors I have seen . Brilliant story great setting and superb acting. If you love horror I can not recommend this enough it was fantastic from beginning to end. A must see one of the best.
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