Film Screening 17th March, 2011

Poster for The Loved Ones

The Loved Ones 

8:00 PM, 17th March, 2011

  • M
  • 103 mins
  • 2010
  • Sean Byrne
  • Sean Byrne
  • Xavier Samuel, Robin McLeavy, John Brumpton, Richard Wilson

I can't recall another year where I have loved four films from Australia. But with this, Animal Kingdom, Mother Fish and Summer Coda¬ł 2010 was a noteworthy year for our local product.

For those who are unaware of this film, it revolves around Brent (Samuel), a young man who has personal (not literal) demons to exorcise concerning the death of his father. The school prom is approaching, and he plans to go with his girlfriend Holly (Victoria Thaine). When asked by the school outsider girl Lola (McLeavy) to be her date, he refuses, setting in motion a horrifying set of events that is best left for the viewer to experience.

The story has a few different dimensions - grief drama, high school awkwardness comedy, and torture horror. It's the last aspect that has been played up in the promotional material, and it is certainly the strongest. Sometimes you are caught unawares with the direction it goes in, and sometimes you know exactly what will happen, but the cinematography or acting or direction give it a fresh twist. (And I haven't even touched on the skin-crawling creepiness of the relationship between the girl and her father!)

It's great that a low-budget Aussie horror can show up all those terrible Hollywood films (like last year's Nightmare on Elm Street - ugh!) in terms of originality and promise. If you like good horror, see this film!

Henry Fitzgerald