Gotta appreciate scenes in horror movies that do a good job of making you feel the physical pain that a victim is enduring, without actually having to endure it yourself. Case in point: The drill to the forehead scene from 2009’s Australian horror movie, The Loved Ones. What? You haven’t seen The Loved Ones?! Shame on you.
Welcome to this week’s Sunday Bloody Sunday where I am indeed taking a look at the scene from The Loved Ones where Lola (Robin McCleavy) decides that it’s time to drill a hole in the head of Brent (Xavier Samuel). Definitely makes me wince when I see it happen, because I can’t help but think about what it would be like to have a drill going into my forehead. Lovely thoughts, I know. Again I can’t stress enough if you haven’t seen it, to check this movie out and witness a ‘Psycho Girl’ performance from Robin McCleavy for the ages.
Yes, I shamefully admit that my first viewing of Sean Byrne’s Australian horror flick The Loved Ones was done by ways of the bootlegging variety. I had heard such a strong buzz, that I couldn’t help myself as I watched a copy of the Australian DVD release online to see if it was indeed worthy of the aforementioned “buzz”. And it was. Luckily, it’s finally been released here in the US on DVD (not Blu-Ray yet unfortunately), so I was able to to sit down again with it, and this time in a more intimate setting (my wife lit candles and we sipped wine with our arms intertwined).
*please just take a little off the top – I like my shaggy rebellious hair*
The Loved Ones was released in Australia waaaaaay back in 2009 and hit some of the US film festivals around that same time to rave reviews. Continue reading →