The Loved Ones ★★★½

The Loved Ones is an Australian horror film that mixes a little bit of Misery with Prom Night in this 2009 import. The movie is quite graphic and does qualify as torture porn yet the director does an effective job hiding the most brutal of events while still giving the viewer enough to make you cringe. Despite the violence, the film does offer some humor with the interaction of Lola and her father, they are well cast and play off each other in a most sadistic yet endearing way. The Loved Ones is the directorial debut for Sean Byrne (The Devils Candy) and mixed horror and teen genres to deliver this bloody yet surprisingly tongue in cheek tale.