Revenge of the killer nerd in pink
Directed by: Sean Byrne
Written by: Sean Byrn
Starring: Xavier Samuel, Robin McLeavy and Victoria Thaine
Guys – think twice before you reject a girl who asks you out to the high school dance. Who knows, she might wind up being a psycho who gets her dad to hunt you down so that she can torture you at home with DIY tools and kitchen knives. Littered with glitter and disturbing family dynamics, The Loved Ones is a thrilling gem in Australia’s range of horror films (and quite frankly, there isn’t much of a range) as it waltzes from black humor to nauseating violence with color and brilliant performances.
But while The Loved Ones blends genres of the high school prom night with horror and gore in a way that feels fresh and original, the drama that occurs outside Lola’s house loses the significance that it seemed to promise in the opening scenes. In addition to this, The Loved Ones pushes the limits on its physical shock-value but fails to effectively dig into the psychological implications that are briefly skimmed over. Nevertheless, the film is exciting, darkly funny and enjoyable to the last bloody bite.