Screened as part of NZIFF 2010

The Loved Ones 2009

Directed by Sean Byrne

Sean Byrne’s macabre kidnapping tale is like a demented blend of Misery and an 80s high school prom flick. “Byrne spills blood, boils brains and cannibalises naked teens with wicked energy.” — Screendaily

84 minutes CinemaScope

Director, Screenplay


Mark Lazarus
Michael Boughen


Simon Chapman


Andy Canny

Production designer

Robert Webb


Ollie Olsen


Xavier Samuel (Brent)
Robin McLeavy (Princess)
John Brumpton (Daddy)
Richard Wilson (Jamie)
Victoria Thaine (Holly)
Jessica McNamee (Mia)


Melbourne, Toronto 2009; SXSW, San Francisco 2010


Sean Byrne’s macabre kidnapping tale is a demented blend of Misery and an 80s high school prom flick, as an angsty school stud muffin finds himself in a psychosexual scenario far worse than not finding a date for the big dance. Future Twilight heart-throb Xavier Samuel stars as Brent, a James Deanesque brooder who politely declines the invitation of classmate Princess to the school dance, and sets in motion a series of events that amplify the term ‘bad date’ to horrific new levels. At first Princess appears to be your typical rejected wallflower but when her bung Dad and sharp implements make their unwelcome appearance you realise that this twisted prom tale has other plans. Featuring an über-cool soundtrack, haunting visuals, striking production design, jaw-dropping violence and a young director who deftly handles the tricky tonal shifts from black comedy to high-octane horror. — AT