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November 3, 2010
Australian horror film The Loved Ones proves that it is the quiet ones you have to watch out for.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 3, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 3, 2010
A blood-spattered, tongue-in-cheek horror comedy that features plenty of low-rent gore, some extra-cheesy lines and some terrific performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 3, 2010
Arguably the only flaw to The Loved Ones' gore-and-guffaws approach is that Byrne does not quite have enough strong material to fill a noticeably slender 80-minute running time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 2, 2010
Debut director Sean Byrne has carved out a flick to stand beside Brian De Palma's high school horror classic Carrie, such is the beauty and brutality of his execution. It's the best entry to the Aussie horror canon since Wolf Creek.
November 2, 2010
Sean Byrne makes one hell (and I mean hell) of a feature film debut with The Loved Ones. It's slick, confident and wickedly funny. Lola is straight out of Sam Raimi's nightmares; a terrifying cross between Carrie and Rachel Berry from Glee.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 1, 2010
Growing pains have never been this excruciating. The Loved Ones is an instant horror classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4
October 31, 2010
The Loved Ones doesn't pull many punches, director Sean Byrne exercising an expert balance of tactical restraint and outright savagery.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 30, 2010
You will gasp in horror at the prospect of what is about to happen and then you will giggle in delight that the film actually carries out what it threatens to.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 30, 2010
Hell hath no fury like a demented woman rejected and Robin McLeavy gives a tasty turn as Lola, the most demented young woman you'd want to take to a dance
October 28, 2010
Byrne announces his emphatic arrival with this movie. Australian horror has another distinctive new voice.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 25, 2010
The savagery here has no redeeming social value and the characters are not especially interesting, but who cares when the terror is this relentless?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 25, 2010
Grueling in the best possible way, this is easily the best Australian horror film since Wolf Creek.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
October 24, 2010
A squeamishly self-aware bloodbath in which Lola, superbly portrayed by Robin McLeavy with hellish zeal, reveals her ambition to be the next Hannibal Lecter.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
October 10, 2010
If John Waters and John Hughes ever conceived the idea for a modern day "Misery," we'd essentially get this Australian horror gem...
October 3, 2010
Aussie filmmaker Byrne merges teen romance and torture horror genres to unsettling effect with this pitch black comedy. And as a result, he finds a surprising level of drama within the violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 5, 2010
Byrne's confident feature debut takes the coming-of-age tropes of John Hughes, and adds a hefty dose of campy psychosis, creating a tale of small-town adolescent horror where the growing pains really do hurt.
August 9, 2010
Producers Mark Lazarus and Michael Boughen have stuck to their guns (and hammers and knives and kettles) and delivered a visceral and fiercely original blast of great film terror.
July 29, 2010
It's like a psychotic re-imagining of PRETTY IN PINK!
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
May 17, 2010
Scarcely slowing down since its Wolf Creek second wind, Australian horror continues to mate grue and giggles in this sardonic blood tide
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