When Brent (Xavier Samuel) turns down Lola's invitation to the school prom his refusal spirals into a horrific nightmare beyond imagining. Hours before the dance, Brent is abducted and taken to Lola's home by her demented Daddy, who's determined to make his Princess' dream come true. Imprisoned in Lola's home Brent discovers that her feelings for him aren't all she's been keeping secret, and he must summon every ounce of his will if he's to survive and prevent Lola and her father from extending her revenge to those he loves most.
Aussie teen / romance / horror film - gory black humour
- The Loved Ones review by RP
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You rated this film: 3
I seem to have watched quite a few Australian films recently – and here's another, this time a teen / romance / horror film. What? You've seen many similar US-made films in the same vein? Think again – this one is as black as they come. Jilted wannabe prom queen gets daddy to kidnap the boy she fancies, tortures him, and adds him to the many others in the cellar. Err – that's it. There is gore but the film is not particularly scary, and although the torture scenes are nasty enough it's mostly off-screen or in your imagination. The film is laced with the blackest of black humour and this makes it watchable enough – although my favourite gorefest from down under is still Peter Jackson's 'Braindead' which is laugh-out-loud funny, if you like that kind of thing (yes, I know it's from New Zealand...). 'The Loved Ones' is OK, but it really needed to make me jump a lot more to get above 3/5 stars.