Monday, 1 November 2010

DVD Review: The Loved Ones

Starring: Xavier Samuel, Robin McLeavy, Victoria Thaine, John Brumpton

Directed by: Sean Byrne

Plot: When Brent (Samuel) turns down Lola's (McLeavy) invitation to the school dance, he spirals into a horrific nightmare where Lola and her father rule and her is merely an object. Abducted and pit against the horrors in the Stone family home, Daddy (Brumpton) will do anything to make his Princess happy.

Aussie director Sean Byrne brings us the new face of terror; Lola Stone. A seemingly innocent high school student whose attitude towards her crushes is the stuff of nightmares. Brent (Twilight Saga: Eclipse star Xavier Samuel) is kidnapped, tied with rope, slashed and stabbed. A truly unforgettable situation that equals the depravity that was featured in Tobe Hooper's original Texas Chainsaw Massacre. A night that would in fact compete with the infamous dinner scene, with Lola first handedly taking over from the chainsaw wielding maniac.

Samuel's horrific portrayal of a suffering teen greenlights his path as being a true breakout star. Excruciatingly painful to watch yet unable to fully look away. McLeavy's maniacal presence is the films true highlight, with her inescapable, psychotic state electrifying the screen and working tremendously with 'Daddy', her on-screen father and mentor to the horrors they've inflicted.

A steadily paced, cleverly unwinding first feature from an extremely promising director that will unarguably become a cult classic in the near future for having enough balls to never truly hold back. Maintaining the shock 'n' awe factor throughout and carrying enough blood-curdling, body piercing screams than any other horror released this year, Byrne's Loved Ones cracks a heavy punch and is a determined feature to place Lola in the Greatest Villains catagory.


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