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The Loved Ones (2012)



Average Rating: 7.3/10
Reviews Counted: 42
Fresh: 41 | Rotten: 1

Successfully mixing the conventions of the teen and horror genres with a twist, Australian director Sean Byrne makes a striking directorial debut.

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Successfully mixing the conventions of the teen and horror genres with a twist, Australian director Sean Byrne makes a striking directorial debut.



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Lola Stone asked Brent Mitchell to the prom, but Brent said no, and now he's screwed. What happens when Lola doesn't get what she wants? She enlists Daddy's help to throw a prom of her own where she is queen and Brent is king, whether he likes it or not. The Loved Ones is what happens when puppy love goes horribly, violently wrong. Brent should have said yes. -- (C) Paramount


Art House & International, Horror

Sep 11, 2012

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Transcends mere torture porn -- though there's plenty for the squeamish to squirm over here -- in its deftly controlled mix of empathy, grotesquerie and sardonic humor.

September 18, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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The torture-porn genre gets a Day-Glo makeover in this hilariously deranged Ocker shocker.

October 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Sean Byrne has established himself as one hell of a guy to watch with his first feature film, delivering something bright, brand new and deeply felt.

April 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Badass Digest
Badass Digest

The Loved Ones has a lot to offer in wit, style and entertainment and I can highly recommend it.

January 8, 2013 Full Review Source: HeyUGuys

The Loved Ones is a breath of fresh air for the so-called "torture porn" sub-genre of horror movies.

January 8, 2013 Full Review Source:

I kinda dug the flick.

January 8, 2013 Full Review Source: CraveOnline

It's a terrifying masterpiece that turns high school drama into a literal dead zone.

January 8, 2013 Full Review Source: indieWIRE

The most severe violence in the film is tempered by moments of effective dark humor.

January 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects
Film School Rejects

There is clearly a lot of ambition to The Loved Ones and the near-brilliant leading performances help make the film a unique and terrifying experience.

September 15, 2012 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

It's got heart, gore, suspense, and an unusual family-style drama you won't likely forget... and Lola is a terrific character: pretty scary in pink!

September 8, 2012 Full Review Source:

The Loved Ones constantly moves in unexpected directions.

September 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Moviegoers with an aversion to violence will stay away, but genre buffs with a taste for the extreme should ensure healthy ticket sales.

June 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

There's enough genuine tension and imagination to provide some shocks and visceral chills.

June 1, 2012 Full Review Source:

Those with a fondness for cinematic evildoing might find themselves richly entertained by this macabre feature, which somehow manages the finer points of grief and festering wounds with exceptional directorial skill.

May 31, 2012 Full Review Source:

Sean Byrne endows his rote slasher material with the kind of blackly comic wit and levity that virtually guarantee its entry into the contemporary midnight-movie canon.

May 31, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Horror fans are going to love this, but those who recognize a filmmaking skill to go along with the gore may appreciate it even more.

May 31, 2012 Full Review Source:

Edible roadkill, Frontal lobotomies, teenage psychopaths and Kasey Chambers music....Precisely what every school dance should feature, right? A surprising, fast, stylised Aussie torture porn.

November 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Triple J
Triple J

It's a well made film. One for the gore fans.

November 5, 2010 Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National | Comment (1)
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

Australian horror film The Loved Ones proves that it is the quiet ones you have to watch out for.

November 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

The morbid jokes and the shocking moments of horror, all played straight by an excellent cast, plus some moments of grisly originality, combine in a film that's better than the average for this sort of admittedly dodgy exploitation piece.

November 3, 2010 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia) | Comments (2)
At the Movies (Australia)

A blood-spattered, tongue-in-cheek horror comedy that features plenty of low-rent gore, some extra-cheesy lines and some terrific performances.

November 3, 2010 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia)
The Age (Australia)

Audience Reviews for The Loved Ones

Prom night can be torture, and The Loved Ones takes that literally as Lola Stone captures Brent Mitchell and gives him a prom night he will remember, filled with hammering knives through his feet, lobotomy, cutting, and more. An incredibly intense and cringing addition to extreme horror that manages to explore many themes of teen isolation amidst all the violence.
April 14, 2014

Super Reviewer

It's just really messed up, with no great pay-off.
January 18, 2013
Kevin Cookman

Super Reviewer


One might call this a ludicrous, mindless incentive to the recent trend of torture porn films. But the antagonists in "The Loved Ones" have genuine motives, which adds to their entirely believable depictions. Simply, this is a disturbing, intelligent, terrifying film. The premise itself is a real stroke of genius. Essentially, "Carrie" meets "Hostel". Nobody should be put off by that mix because it is a great deal more suspenseful, intelligent, and in every way superior to "Hostel". It's harder than it may seem to make a truly disturbing slasher, it has to have the ability to avoid looking ridiculous and has to be directed well enough to avoid being amateurish. But Sean Byrne get's absolutely everything correct, from believable characters, to a wittily written script, to moments that leave you right on the edge of your seat, to a truly fist-knawing finale. It's a bonus that it makes many tips and numerous nods to classics such as "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" for fans of genre. Which actually caused me to grin a few times. Not because it was at any point laughable, it's absolutely far from amusing, but as a result of a director who kept my confidence in his talents up. He proved he understands what it requires to make a slasher actually worth seeing. But the greatest stand out is easily Robin McLeavey, you don't see many actresses who can do "psycho bitch", and boy can boy can she pull it off. Bottom line; a mixture of good performances, outstanding direction and decent scriptwriting. It's everything a horror fan could want. And I liked it very much.
November 29, 2012
Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

Ever wonder what it would be like if a John Hughes movie turned into a horror flick? Well,here it is! "The Loved Ones" is about a loner girl named Lola(Robin McLeavy) who asks Brent(Xavier Samuel) to prom,and he nicely declines. What he doesn't know,is Lola is a psychopath and has an even crazier dad. They kidnap Brent,and proceed to torture him. Reminded me a lot of the origional "texas chainsaw massacre" when they're all around the table. One screwed up family,that's for sure. I love torture horror movies,especially ones that don't go so overboard it's unreal. This comes close to going overboard,and in some ways does, but it's very much grounded in reality. You'll never look at a power drill the same way again. I've only seen one other Australian horror movie that I can recall, "wolf Creek". "Creek" was slow,then smacked you in the face with some pretty crazy horror. This wastes little time before thrusting you in, and runs at a brisk 85 minutes. This is better than just about all the american horror movies over the last 5 years probably. Fan of horror, then you have to check this out. If you have a quesy stomach, then watch a PG movie with your loved ones.
June 1, 2012
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

    1. Lola: How do I look?
    2. Daddy: Pretty as a picture.
    – Submitted by Katt B (13 months ago)
    1. Daddy: Boys don't hit girls!
    – Submitted by Katt B (13 months ago)
    1. Lola: It's crying...
    – Submitted by Crystal M (20 months ago)
    1. Lola: We can't hear you!
    – Submitted by Charisse R (23 months ago)
    1. Lola: 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!
    – Submitted by MarieBella C (2 years ago)
    1. Lola: Is it... finger lickin' good?
    – Submitted by Kevin S (2 years ago)
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