Thoroughly Demented New Trailer for Sean Byrne’s The Loved Ones


John Brumpton in The Loved Ones (2009) Movie Image

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.

Robin McLeavy in The Loved Ones (2009) Movie Image

Author: Todd Rigney

Todd was raised on a steady diet of Hollywood blockbusters, late-night Cinemax programming, and USA’s “Up All Night,” which may explain why his taste in movies is more than a little questionable. When he isn’t providing news and reviews for Beyond Hollywood, he can be found lounging lazily on his couch, perched in front of his television, or dwelling in places where direct sunlight can be easily avoided. He's happily married, in his 30's, and totally badass. If you'd like to reach Todd, you can follow him on Twitter or send him email/scoops to todd (at)
  • chuppachupp

    This is the first time I’ve ever commented on an article (long time lurker), but this movie was horrible. One of the absolute worst movies I’ve seen all year. The praise this movie is getting is a baffling phenomenon on par with how the dude from Super Troopers managed to bag Christina Hendricks. I hate using this term, but all this movie was was a different spin on the “torture porn” genre.

  • chuppachupp

    By the way, if you have any interest in seeing this film from the movie’s plot description, SKIP the trailer. Aside from Brian de Palma’s Snake Eyes, I’ve never seen a movie’s entire plot spoiled so badly.