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The Loved Ones is an Australian horror film that centers around a lovesick girl and her grisly revenge against the object of her affection. Brent is a grieving teenager who lives with his mother after his father dies in a car accident at the start of the film. Riddled with guilt from the tragedy, Brent turns to unhealthy habits while maintaining a devoted relationship with compassionate girlfriend, Holly. His world is turned upside down after a chance encounter with seemingly shy classmate, Lola. Brent declines when the outsider invites him to a school dance, leading Lola and her devoted father to take drastic measures. The Stone's abduct Brent and set up their own twisted celebration for the two, resulting in a night of torture and humiliation.

A slasher flick with tones of a teenage romantic comedy, The Loved Ones explores the dramatic consequences of a woman scorned. Brent is left helpless as the Stone's perform their sadistic ritual and reveal a past of depravity. Incapacitated at their kitchen table with only a mute woman called Bright Eyes as a witness, Brent is shown scenes from past victims and subsequently injured by Lola as she tries to turn him into her dream date. As the Stone's reveal their fatal intentions, their victim's thirst to survive becomes even greater. Interference by the law and outside sources proves meaningless for the sadistic family and their prey. The body count rises as the disturbing events unfold.

Transitioning from views of the Stone's house of horror to Brent's mother and girlfriend's concerns with his disappearance, The Loved Ones exhibits the contrast between dramatic obsession and unconditional love. Using musical cues and graphic cinematography, this film blends elements of dark humor and outrageous terror. The gruesome actions of antihero Lola and Brent's desperate plight continue from the opening exposition to the final climax. The Loved Ones is suitable for adults only due to its graphic nature.

| 2012 | 1 hr 24 min | 6.7/10
Xavier Samuel, Robin McLeavy, John Brumpton, Richard Wilson
Ambience Entertainment
Sean Byrne
Produced By
Mark Lazarus, Michael Boughen

Also directed by Sean Byrne

Also starring Xavier Samuel

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