Monday, June 4, 2012

Jason watches THE LOVED ONES

So I...kinda...saw this at the SF International Film Festival a couple of years ago, but, Ain't It Cool News, and Joshua Grannell (Peaches Christ, but as Joshua, not as Peaches) put on a special midnight screening of it at the Metreon last Friday. Here's what I said back in 2010:

Then there was one final SFIFF movie that night--up to the Castro for THE LOVED ONES. Now I could mention how exceedingly drunk I was. I could also mention that I was surviving on about 2 hours sleep and had been watching movies pretty continuously for over 12 hours at this point. But instead, I like to think I AM LEGEND [note: I hosted that at Bad Movie Night the same night] was so awful it put me into a mini-coma for about 80 minutes during this movie. Great ending, though!
Uhhhh...yeah. I guess I really didn't see it back in 2010. At least I didn't give any spoilers away. BTW, beware of spoilers in the following review:

Anyway, it's a beautifully sick and hilarious Australian horror flick about the prom. Specifically, about a girl who asks a boy to the prom and when he says no she has her daddy (I loved the relationship between daddy and his little Princess!) kidnap him and bring him back to their house where they have their own home prom and torture the hell out of him. Just beautiful and over-the-top (the wisp of smoke from the drill in the trepanning scene was perfect) and gets sicker and more twisted as it goes along. And, of course, it's a great reversal of gender roles in classic horror tropes--but I'll leave that to people who care more about intellectual explication of films instead of drilling holes in heads to pour boiling water in and cook the brain. Oh, and the ending that I mentioned was's even better when you know what led up to it (and also kind of bittersweet, because I really identified with daddy's little Princess more than anyone else in the film.)

Running Time: 84 minutes...but I've decided to remove it from my records from 2010, since I really didn't see it back then.
My Total Minutes: still 286,856

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