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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.

Director:

Sean Byrne

Writer:

Sean Byrne
2 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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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 ... 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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Storyline

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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Taglines:

You don't have to die to go to hell See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), Carrie (1976), Misery (1990), and Audition (1999) all served as inspiration for the film. Lola's pink dress in particular is an homage to Carrie's pink prom dress. See more »

Goofs

Australian Formals have a strict dress code for any students attending. Mia would not have been allowed inside with the outfit she was wearing, which was a very thin, short and skimpy one piece dress. See more »

Quotes

Lola: You've got 10 seconds to go or Daddy's gonna nail it to the chair.
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Alternate Versions

The R-Rated cut is 83 min. long while the Unrated version is 84 min. long. See more »

Connections

Referenced in 24x36: A Movie About Movie Posters (2016) See more »

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Fool
Performed by Little Red
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Now THIS is what horror should be
4 November 2012 | by dariansdadSee all my reviews

What a ride! Just when I think it can't get worse for the victim, there's more pain just ahead. I'm on the edge of my seat the entire second half of the film looking for the redemption, the escape, the retribution. O M G, does it ever end? Forget zombies, this bitch does it live.

Daddy Dearest is another possible title. I was looking for the incest and the director does a deft job of keeping it 'just right there' without actually becoming... or does he? We see the setup; you can taste the realization. You almost have it in your grasp, but wait...

OK, so the first half is just denouement filler but it gets so much better. This film could have used some American (or maybe Japanese) cinematography and tons more budget yet it still pulls it off. Excellent film work closer to the end setting up the visual struggles that dialog can't.

Overall I would say this film is the little train that could. "I think I can, I think I can..." And then it does. Enjoy.


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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 November 2010 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

The Loved Ones See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$358,399
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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