Saturday, September 15, 2012
THE LOVED ONES (2009)
Cinematography By: Simon Chapman
Editor: Andy Canny
Cast: Robin McLeavy, Xavier Daniel, Jessica McNamee, Victoria Thaine, Richard Wilson, John Brumpton
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.
Though released in 2009. It wasn't released in the united states until this year. I have been waiting awhile for this film. Ihave read up all on it and been excited to finally have gotten a chance to watch it. After reading mostly glowing reviewsand i have to say. It wasn't what i expected and didn't match up to my expectations. it Blew way past them.
I figured this film would be inventive but over the top crazy violence. When in reality the film takes well know cliches and expectations and cinstantly twists them. So that you are always on your toes as it stays unpredictable. Don't get me wrong there is violence and some nudity. Yet it is never gratuitous nor explotive.
The film sets up Story, Characters, Mood, Tension, Atmosphere truly effective necessities to make a truly unique and fitting horror film. Where no one nor is anything disposable it all means something. I was amazed as the film proceeded how the film toies everything together in a nice bow. Each event has consequences that affects the characters and their lives. Especially Psychlogically.
Robin McLeavy gives a star turning performance. That is memorable.
The mood set by the film is horror at first but then becomes more darkly comedic and goofy then around the midway point it raises the stakes and it becomes more serious and violent. That is whenthe fil truly becomes scary. It reminded me of what i thought Rob Zombie's HOUSE OF A THOUSAND corpses wouldbe after seeing thefirst preview. Whereit looked crazy and unpredictable. Watching the film though it uses small remotelocations for the most part. The house that is the main setting is sort of like it's own simple funhouse.
As the film goes on it keeps raising the stakes and rearranging itself. So it keeps you off balance.
I like the fact that the film doesn't just present Princess as just usually getting what she wants and this kidnapping is a one off thing, That she has been mentally pushed to and her ftaher just wanting to givehis little girl whatever she wants, but that her and her father are pretty much sociopathic serial killers. With a hinted at Incestous relationship that so far has yet to be Consumated.
I also like the reveal to hint what exactly is wrong with his friend's prom date.
This is a true original that derserves not only to be seen and discovered as it feels like the type of film you discover on a whim searching for something to watch for the evening. It would be nice if Horror films like these were the type to actually reach cinemas insteadof films like CHERNOBYL DIARIES, THE DEVIL INSIDE, Another SAW sequel. Which pollute our cinemas every few weeks, Whcih feel disposable and unoriginal as they seem to follow the same formula and feel like an extension of a fad. This is a film that reeks of skill and passion that went into it. The filmmaker is here to tell a story and illustrate it with visuals, Characters and dialogue. He achieves that and actually gets reactions and emotions out of the audience. Paramount studios was supposed to release it into theaters wide, But seemed to try it in a few test markets and speedily dumped it on DVD. It doesn't realize what a gem it has in it's hands and is mishandling it.
I look forward to the future works of Director Sean Byrne and the cast. This is a film that is a secret for now, but do yourself a favor see it and tell your friends about it. So it can achieve the respect and audience it deserves.