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Hyperbole be damned: Writer/director Sean Byrne’s 2009 effort “The Loved Ones” is the best horror picture I’ve seen all year. Granted, that’s not saying a whole lot given the large amount of garbage I’ve ingested over the past several months, but I can say with all honesty that this one is the genuine article. The film — which opens in Australian theaters on November 4th — is one sick and demented masterpiece, a slasher for folks who generally despise the subgenre. I loved every disturbed second of it.
Here’s what it’s all about:
In order to avoid a ghostly figure in the road, high school senior Brent Mitchell wraps his car around a tree, killing his father. Constantly confronted by his mother’s emotional collapse after the accident, Brent escapes into a marijuana fueled world of loud metal music to block the pain and guilt. Dejected and out of sorts, he has a shot at happiness with his girlfriend Holly, a grounded, caring girl with drop dead good looks, a dream date for the high school prom. But his plans are thwarted by a disturbing series of events that take place under a mirrored disco ball, involving pink satin, glitter, syringes, nails, power drills and a secret admirer. Brent has become the prom king at a macabre, sadistic event where he is the entertainment.
If you can do so, steer clear of the original trailer, as it reveals too many of the film’s numerous surprises. Instead, check out the trailer below, which arrives courtesy of Twitch.