Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Loved Ones (2009)

Fear 5/5
Gore 5/5
Entertainment 5/5
Creepiness 5/5

The Loved Ones came out in 2009 from a Land Down Under. After multiple screenings and festivals, it has finally hit a wider audience via VOD services. And hit audiences it has. Like a sledgehammer to the cabesa followed by a cinder block thrown to the solar plexus. This one will leave your jaw hanging folks.

Brent is a teenage kid grappling with a serious sense of guilt. About 6 months ago, he was driving a car along a country road with his father riding passenger side. A day out driving with dad talking about life soon turns deadly as a bloodied man is seen walking down the middle of the road. Brent swerves and his car hits a tree. Dad dies instantly. One look at his face now and you can see Brent isn't doing so well,  obviously self-medicating and completely racked with guilt despite having the affections of a gorgeous young woman.

Mom isn't doing much better. She's resigned to staying at home, staring out the window across the countryside where they live, and hitting the bottle all day long. But a very persistent girlfriend gets Brent to agree to go to the annual school dance for a night of getting out and living life. While Brent has his fair share of guilt, this one young woman is his bright light and you get the sense that with her by his side, the pain of it all will eventually subside. But things are about to take a turn for the worse when Brent rejects an introverted young woman's request to be her date for the dance.

Brent has a place he likes to hike when he needs to clear his head. As he climbs the side of a cliff, you can see it in his face that the despair has become too great and he contemplates letting himself go and ending it all. But that moment passes and he proceeds to the top where he is met with a knock to the side of his head which renders him unconscious. A man then drags him into his car.

It's all downhill from here folks. When Brent awakens, he finds himself tied to a chair, the introverted girl dressed as if she were attending the dance, him in a tux, and a leering father and brain dead mother staring at him from across a kitchen table. It's reminiscent of the cray cray's from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2. The poor kid who has already been through enough has to deal with all kinds of torture and fucked up experiments from this point onwards. I don't want to get too much further into plot details and what is eventually revealed. But boy, does this story become batshit insane.

Do whatever you can to see this film. It's brutal, relentless, and downright psychotic. Robin McLeavy who plays Lola (aka Princess) will go down in horror infamy as one of the greatest villains the genre has ever seen. She'll make you think twice about ever rejecting that shy girl who had a crush on you in Spanish II. And that soundtrack, egads is it creepy!

Cortez the Killer


Dod said...

I am so incredibly psyched to see this one. Heard so much about it and have been itching to finally get to see it.

Great write-up as always!

Planet of Terror said...

Thanks Dod. Check it out on VOD. I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

Koyote TheBartender said...

Hell yeah. can't wait to check this one out.

Cortez The Killer said...
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Planet of Terror said...

Koyote, get on it!

boxxxer said...

although it felt like the director showcasing that he could make 3 types of films (horror, teen comedy, agonising drama), it was successful in all three story lines though it needed more gore and less cutaways (the early festival screening i saw). as for "am i not pretty enough?" that was a number one hit in Australia a decade ago so it was welcomed in this context