I;m still hoping we hear that a big studio acquires Sean Byrne’s excellent The Loved Ones. After premiering at last year’s TIFF (review here). It’s blasted through festivals all over the world, including TIFF, SXSW, FanTasia, and this month’s FrightFest in London. Thankfully, the pic opens September 30th in Australia, which means the goods are beginning to fly. Inside you’ll find the first two clips that are a pretty good representation of the thriller that’s been impressing critics for almost a year now.
“Directed by Sean Byrne and starring a hot, young, talented cast including Xavier Samuel (Eclipse), Robin McLeavy (Streetcar Named Desire with Cate Blanchett), Jessica McNamee (Packed to the Rafters), Victoria Thaine (Caterpillar Wish) and Richard Wilson (Clubland) with John Brumpton (Last Ride) playing `Daddy’ it’s a vivid, sexy rollercoaster of a ride that takes the conventions of horror and runs them off the rails.
Brent (Samuel) never recovered from the car crash that killed his father: the crash that he was responsible for. His only solace is his loving girlfriend Holly (Thaine). But there’s another girl who yearns to comfort Brent, the quietest girl in school, Lola (McLeavy), and when he turns down her invitation to the end of year dance he enters a nightmare beyond imagining.
A terrifying series of events take place under the light of a mirrored disco ball, involving pink satin, glitter, syringes, nails and power drills. Brent must summon every ounce of will he possesses if he is to survive and prevent Lola and her father from extending their revenge to those he loves the most.”
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