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The Loved Ones (2009)

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When Brent turns down his classmate Lola's invitation to the prom, she concocts a wildly violent plan for revenge.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Xavier Samuel ... Brent
Robin McLeavy ... Princess
John Brumpton ... Daddy
Richard Wilson ... Jamie
Victoria Thaine ... Holly
Jessica McNamee ... Mia
Andrew S. Gilbert Andrew S. Gilbert ... Paul (as Andrew S Gilbert)
Suzi Dougherty ... Carla
Victoria Eagger ... Judith
Anne Scott-Pendlebury Anne Scott-Pendlebury ... Bright Eyes
Fred Whitlock Fred Whitlock ... Dan
Leo Taylor Leo Taylor ... Teacher
Brandon Burns Brandon Burns ... Takeaway Shop Attendant
Stephen Walden ... Timmy Valentine
Igor Savin Igor Savin ... Rhys Agnew
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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. Written by Anonymous

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Hell hath no fury ... like a prom queen scorned. See more »

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Rated R for strong bloody violence and torture, sexuality, some language, teen drug and alcohol use | See all certifications »

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Country:

Australia

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English

Release Date:

4 November 2010 (Australia) See more »

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Voljeni See more »

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Trivia

John Jarratt turned down the role of Daddy to avoid typecasting. See more »

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In the scene where Mia and Jamie are in the car at the school dance and they are smoking pot, the cigarette in Mia's hand changes positions along with her hand in between shots. See more »

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Lola: You've got 10 seconds to go or Daddy's gonna nail it to the chair.
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The R-Rated cut is 83 min. long while the Unrated version is 84 min. long. See more »


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The Sharpest Claws
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Well acted and sadistic, but nothing special.
24 February 2014 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

"The Loved Ones" is an adequate example of the now well-worn "torture" genre, but for the most part it's likely to give viewers a feeling of deja vu. It gets more interesting & amusing as it goes along, but doesn't have very much plot - or much point to it at all. It's likely to delight the hardcore horror crowd who favour cruelty and plenty of gore, in any event. The main asset is a memorable antagonist who's cute but deadly. We don't ever get to know the victim that well, but it's not exactly hard to feel bad for him. (One thing must be said: he has a lot of fight in him!) Also, there's a subplot with two characters that never really goes anywhere.

Lola, a.k.a. "Princess" (Robin McLeavy, "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter"), doesn't take rejection well at all. When Brent (Xavier Samuel, "Road Train") declines to take her to the prom, she gets back at him in a major way, by having her dear old daddy (John Brumpton, "Storm Warning") abduct Brent so they can spend the night tormenting him at their own private gathering. Soon he learns just how utterly demented this duo is; meanwhile, people notice he's missing and try to track him down.

If it weren't for a squirm-inducing scene involving a power drill - it's the sound effects that really sell it - and the tour de force acting by McLeavy, there wouldn't be much to recommend this. That is, of course, unless one is partial to this sort of material to begin with. Unfortunately, even for a movie running a scant 85 minutes long, it feels longer than it is. And it's ultimately pretty damn predictable.

Good soundtrack, though.

Six out of 10.


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