Believe the hype, folks. Sean Byrne’s critically acclaimed feature film The Loved Ones (review here) is every bit as good as you have heard. Even better? Word from the director has surfaced about not only what’s next, but what’s up with a domestic release here in the States.
In an interview with What’s Playing Byrne revealed the following: “[the next film] lends itself more to a prequel. I’ve actually got 12 pages of back-story so… watch this space.”
As for why The Loved Ones hasn’t been released here yet, the powers that be are still sorting out whether or not it will “get a wide release or a small boutique release. As you know, it’s got commercial qualities, but it’s also a very subversive take on the genre… but it will be coming out in theaters one way or the other.”
“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 takes 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.”
The Loved Ones – Australian TV Spot
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