The Loved Ones
Movie Review by Siobahn Harris
WARNING: This movie is all blood, all gore, and all awesome!
I found this movie on Hulu and figured I would give it a try. After watching a trailer for it, I knew it would be a keeper. I was excited when I found out this was an Australian horror movie. There is just something about foreign horror films that I love! Let’s dive right in!
This is a story about a young man named Brent (played by Xavier Samuel) and a young woman named Lola (played by Robin McLeavy). Both high school students and both with a rather twisted past. At the start of the movie, Brent is learning how to drive with his father. However, Brent took his eyes off the road for one second and then suddenly there was a teenage boy standing in the road with, what looked like, a heart carved into his chest. Swerving to avoid the boy, Brent drove into a tree, killing his father. Fast forward to six months later and now he is preparing for prom, yay! Lola, sweet socially awkward Lola, gathers up her courage and asks Brent to the prom. His exact words? “I’m sorry, I’m going with Holly. Sorry.” That son of a bitch! Lola stands heartbroken as he walked away from her. After a big fight with his mom, Brent decides to go for a walk to blow off some steam before the big dance. Sadly, before going back home, he is drugged and kidnapped. A search begins for him by his girlfriend Holly and his mother Carla but not knowing much of anything, they hit a dead end. Meanwhile, poor Brent is now tied to a chair that is bolted to the floor in the house of Lola the loon and her father, who would do anything for her. Dealing with painful and gory torture every few minutes, Brent is forced to pretend he is at the prom with his crazy ass date, Lola. Her father takes pictures and helps force Brent do whatever Lola wants.
I don’t want to give too much away, so I’ll stop there.
I took three pages of notes during this beautifully twisted movie, so here we go.
I really didn’t have any bad notes because I absolutely loved this movie. The writing was wonderfully done, the makeup and special FX were awesome, and the music was creeptastic. I think the only bad note I had was when Brent’s dog got killed in the beginning of the movie. My note says, “Come on, killing the dog in the start of the movie… that’s rough… teehee.” Not sure I would consider that a bad note but no one wants to see a pet die!
I loved how this film captured the creepy factor so quickly and with so little! Lola has such an innocence about her but somehow, she is still in charge of everything going on. Her room decorated with all things pink, random dolls in sexual positions, and cut out pictures from magazine with the heads cut off.
We quickly find out how weird things are in Lola’s house when her dad presents her with a new dress for prom, pink, of course, but it’s when she goes to put it on that it gets… odd. She stops her dad from leaving the room and changes in front of him. Stripping down to her pink bra and panties, almost putting on a show for him. Her childlike innocence doesn’t make anyone feel more comfortable, it just makes you more creeped out!
To make matters worse, Lola is crazy as hell and she is the one calling all the shots.
There are parts of this movie that made me think of Stephen King’s Carrie and parts of it that made me think of Stephen King’s Misery. Loving both stories and the King himself, that just added to the reasons I loved this movie.
There were some scenes that I felt were unnecessary. Like, when things were getting crazy at the Lola looney bin, we would suddenly flash to Brent’s friend and his date. While I see the connection at the end, it still seemed like it was just added to make the movie longer.
This is a Daddy’s little girl/High school rejection/“They’re all going to laugh at you” movie that will keep you on your toes, even when Brent can’t get on his. I highly recommend watching this movie and just enjoy how crazy it is from start to finish. However, I can’t say it enough, this movie is incredibly bloody and gory. Do not watch this if you have a weak stomach. My boyfriend had to lie down holding his stomach at the drill to the face scene. Other than that, enjoy the True Fear that is The Loved Ones.