04 November 2015

THE LOVED ONES

THE LOVED ONES

German Title:
The Loved Ones - Pretty In Blood

Australia, 2009
Director: Sean Byrne

10/10









I still remember when I've first seen "The Loved Ones" in 2010. I didn't know much about it, expected it to be some mindless horror-comedy. To my surprise, the debut feature of Australian filmmaker Sean Byrne turned out to be one of the most demented movies I've ever seen, a wild and ravishing piece of indie brilliance, following a super-crazy teenage girl who seeks insane revenge on a classmate who turned down her invitation to the prom.

Since then, I've seen it many, many times and believe me when I say that it never failed to entertain me AND to shock the shit out of me at the very same time. The movie starts out rather calm, plods along at a slow but intriguing and non-boring pace, before it suddenly explodes, gets wilder and wilder with every single minute, until it finally ends with a massive bang. Yes, this is the kind of pacing that could be described as 'almost perfect', thanks to Byrne's flawless direction and the fabulous screenplay.


The acting is amazing and absolutely everyone delivers an award-worth performance, most notably Robin McLeavy ("Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter") as batshit insane teenager, John Brumpton ("Storm Warning") as her, erm, batshit insane father, Xavier Samuel ("Frankenstein 2015") as tortured teenager, Richard Wilson ("The Proposition") as shy simpleton and Jessica McNamee ("The Vow") as uber-hot headbanger chick.

 The soundtrack is excellent (fantastic use of Little River Band's golden oldie "Lonesome Loser", outrageously funny use of Kasey Chambers' "Not Pretty Enough" + many cool metal / alternative rock tracks...), the camera work is fantastic, and it's packed to the brim with quote-worthy lines like "Bring the hammer, Daddy!", "Is it finger... lickin'... good??", "We can't hear yoouuu!!"
or "I'm gonna go to your house now and stab your mummy just like you did my Daddy. Then I'm gonna go find Holly and stab her in the heart just like you did to me."


However, the best thing about "The Loved Ones" is of course all the violence. Knives in feet, Daddy throwing salt on big fork-carved wounds in a boy's chest, and power drill scenes that are so nasty even Lucio Fulci would gasp. Plus: all the shit that's going on down in the pit... genius, simply genius.

An absolutely outstanding and adorable masterpiece that will forever be one of my favorite horror movies of all time!

Wiki ~ Imdb

(The original review from Summer 2010 sucked. I completely rewrote it just a few hours ago.)

13 comments:

  1. Never heard of it. It certainly looks like a unique movie. I might check it out.

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  2. Yea! I've heard some awesome things about this and it's good to know it lives up to the hype. Gotta track this one down.

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  3. For me this movie is crap: not original, the story sucks, and it doesn't deserve a vote better than 5...

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  4. Looks awesome, gotta check it out

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  5. @Shelby, TGWLH & Anon: you totally have to check it out!

    @Antonio: you think so?

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  6. First time I have heard of it either, looking forward to checking it out dude!

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  7. @Carl: you have to, it's sooo fucking insane!!

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  8. I really, really, REALLY want to see this movie!! :D

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  9. I love this movie. Robin McLeavy blew me away, and the violence was top notch. This was one of those movies I wasn't expecting much from, but was beyond pleasantly surprised by.

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  10. Holy. Shit!

    My fave Ozploitation next to Road Games and The Wolf Creek franchise)! You can't imagine my love for this...then again, you gave it a perfect ten so I guess you can! haha

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  11. Surprisingly I still have not gotten around to watching this, I so need to. Great write up as always and now it's one more push to check this out.

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  12. Want to see. Soon. Please and thank you.

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