The Loved Ones (2009)

logoDirector: Sean Byrne

Writer: Sean Byrne (Screenplay)

Starring: Xavier Samuel, Robin McLeavy, Victoria Thaine, Jessica McNamee, Richard Wilson, John Brumpton


Plot: 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.


Verdict: Teenage Extreme Behaviour


Story: The whole torture horror has been done plenty of times, but this one offers a fresh motive behind the action. We get the jilted teenage girl who makes every guy who rejects her pay with her father. We also have a second story going showing how two friends’ prom nights go very differently and how loved ones are worrying about their missing loved ones. Where the captured scenes are not the most original we do get to see a few twists and turns behind the motives and long term plan for the victim. In the end this is a twisted tale that is very much over the top that could get a few laughs if you watch it correctly. (7/10)


Actor Review


Xavier Samuel: Brent the depressed young man who lives with the nightmare that his accident killed his father, but when prom night comes he gets kidnapped and put through a torturous ordeal from a deranged family. Good victim performance but doesn’t need to do much. (6/10)


Robin McLeavy: Lola the twisted girl who has history of kidnapping young men, torturing them before disposing of them, she really is jilted in her quest for a perfect night and prince charming. Good performance playing the twisted girl whose mood can change in a blink of an eye. (8/10)


Director Review: Sean Byrne – Creates a good horror thriller that offers a fresh story if not the action. (7/10)


Horror: With the clever camera work so we only see the reaction to the torture rather than being forced to watch it. (7/10)

Thriller: You do get dragged in and you just want to know how far this family will go. (7/10)

Settings: The settings work well, with the prom having everyone busy the victims get isolation to do what they want. (8/10)
Special Effects
: Good special effects to create good real looking after effects of the torture. (8/10)

Suggestion: This is one for all those horror fans out there, and as I have become a fan of Australian horror this really does come off well. (Horror Fans)


Best Part: Lola is beautifully twisted.

Worst Part: The side story can look like filler.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 24 Minutes

Tagline: You don’t have to die to go to hell.


Overall: Twisted Torture Film

Rating 72


  1. The story with Lola and her dad setting up the prom is twisted and fun and I wanted more with those characters then the one with Brent.

    • While i do agree they were both great, i think if we had learnt too much about them the twists wouldn’t have been as effective

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