Thursday, December 20, 2012

“The Loved Ones” Movie Review

Runtime: 84 minutes
Rating: R
Director: Sean Byrne
Release Date: June 1, 2012

Brent is an ordinary guy who gets into a car accident with his father. A few months later, we learn that his dad died in the accident and that he's about ready to go to prom with his girlfriend Holly. He also uses pot and mutilation to get through the bad times, and he recently turned down an offer by this girl Lola to go to the prom with him.

While at the prom, he gets knocked out when something hits him from behind. He wakes up to find himself tied to a chair in Lola's house with her dad and another woman. The woman clearly had a lobotomy and now has a vacant look on her face, and the dad seems willing to do anything that Lola wants him to do.

I have seen a lot of horror movies over the years, and Lola is one of the most fucked up characters of all time. Among the acts that she commits on Brent are:

-She throws salt on wounds that she inflicts
-She and her father nail Brent's feet to the floor
-She gives him an injection of bleach so he can't talk or cry
-She drills a hole in his head to give him a lobotomy

“The Loved Ones” is so wicked that I made enough “agh” and “ack” sounds that my roommate came in, watched five minutes, and decided that he had to watch it over again from the very beginning. The first ¾ of the film are easily the best. It keeps you on your toes, wondering what could possibly happen next. The ending is slightly predictable, and it falters a little when Holly suddenly pops back up in the film, but it definitely makes you wonder why foreign countries have such better horror films than we do.

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