Keeva Stratton,Â Quip Creative
Directed By: Sean Byrnes
Starring: Xavier Samuel, Robin McLeavy, John Brumpton, Richard Wilson, Victoria Thaine, Jessica McNamee
In an Australian film that can perhaps be described as Wolf Creek meets Pretty in Pink, we are taken on a bizarre, horrific, and blackly humourous journey through what can happen when you reject taking a less-than-stable-girl to the prom.
Set in Melbourne after a tragic car accident that claimed his father\’s life, Brent (Xavier Samuel, from The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) is dealing with his grief by turning to drugs and testing his relationships with both his girlfriend and mother. But, if he thinks his life is in a bad place now, just wait for the twisted events that are about to occur when he rejects quiet, shy Lola\’s request to take her to the prom. (What do they say about the quiet ones?)
This is not a film for the faint of heart or stomach â€“ this is black comedy and gut-wrenching horror at full throttle. But, as gut-churning and disturbing as indeed this film is, it is brilliant and worthy of the critical acclaim it has been receiving overseas. In fact, it has cult classic written all over it.
A cast of young Australian actors including Robin McLeavy (48 Shades), Richard Wilson (Clubland), Victoria Thaine (48 Shades, Two Twisted), Jessica McNamee (Packed to the Rafters) are joined by acting veteran John Brumpton â€“ and the fine cast are more than up to the task. McLeavy, in particular, is disturbingly brilliant as the twisted and bent-on-revenge Lola.
I laughed, I screamed and I nearly vomited. If you love horror, or better still, horror laced with lashings of black comedy, then this is a must see â€“ but be warned, The Loved Ones is no teen romance.
In cinemas from the 30th of September.
Category: Film & TV