Anybody see this yet? I can't even find a copy online.
Canada 13 September 2009 (Toronto International Film Festival)
USA 31 October 2009 (AFI Film Festival)
USA November 2009 (American Film Market)
Hong Kong 3 April 2010 (Hong Kong International Film Festival)
USA 2 May 2010 (San Francisco International Film Festival)
Canada July 2010 (Fantasia International Film Festival)
Germany 19 August 2010 (Berlin Fantasy Filmfest)
Spain 3 October 2010 (Sitges Film Festival)
Australia 28 October 2010
Just when the whole torture theme was becoming stale, along comes The Loved Ones. I really enjoyed this movie. Darkly funny, but definatly not a horror comedy. Brutal, but not gratuitous, a lot is left to your imagination which makes the violence all the more effective. The drill scene alone got to me more than anything in Hostel and you barely even see it make contact. It's great to see a horror movie that can be light hearted fun one minute and then turn down right nasty the next. The Loved Ones far exceeded my expectations, check it out as soon as you can.
a lot is left to your imagination which makes the violence all the more effective.
Why do I read this every day? It's always "a lot is left to your imagination and that's what makes the violence more effective".
The thing is - I can't see how showing explicit violence makes something LESS effective or frightening. Only because explicit violence is always used in shitty slasher movies and the movies with excellent scripts decide not to show anything it doesn't automatically mean cutting out the violence makes the movie better! To show you what I mean, an example: John Carpenter's Halloween is my favorite horror movie of all time. It's got such a great creepy atmosphere. The score, the fact that you don't see a lot of Myers, everything! It's amazing. But I can't really see how the fact that you don't really see any blood adds to the awesomeness of it. I mean seeing Michael stabbing his sister would only terrify me even more!
I would love to see a scary, effective, clever little flick that keeps us terrified and then STILL shows us the bloody goods!
Oh, sorry for being off-topic. This was on my heart. :P
I loved it, Robin McLeavy (Lola) was perfect and I can't wait to see her in something else. There was one little flaw, [SPOILER]they redressed him but put his razor blade necklace in his back pocket?[/SPOILER], however it didn't take away from the film at all in my opinion, especially because it lead to a whole bunch of fun.
I suggest everyone check this one out as soon as you get the chance.
A surprisingly good film. I went into it thinking that it was going to be another let down, but it was enjoyable through and through. The two leads (played by Xaiver Samuel and Robin McLeavy) were well played. Especially McLeavy's portrayal of the extremely damaged goods known as Lola a.k.a "Princess." It was eerie to say the least. Her shinning moment, for me at least, would be the "cry" scene. That was an intense 35 seconds. Her subtle facial expressions really brought that scene into a new realm of crazy.
All in all, I recommend this to any fan of horror. Even though it had a few laughable scenes (in a good way - the tree scene), it was a strong effort. It was reminiscent of the old abduction films from the late 70s and early 80s. Aussie Horror at it's best.