Of all the holidays celebrated worldwide, no one day is more loved by the UTG staff than Halloween. With the arrival of October, the time has finally come to begin rolling out a plethora of features and special announcements we have prepared in celebration of our favorite day, including the one you’re about to read.
31 Days Of Halloween is a recurring daily feature that will run throughout the month of October. The hope and goal of this column is to supply every UTG reader with a daily horror movie recommendation that is guaranteed to amplify your Halloween festivities. We’ll be watching every film the day it’s featured, and we hope you’ll follow along at home. If you have a suggestion, contact us and we may include your favorite scarefest in an upcoming column!
DAY 2: The Loved Ones (2009)
Prom night can be torture.
The Loved Ones is a sick and twisted Australian horror film from the creative mind of writer/director Sean Byrne. In its 84-minute running time, The Loved Ones will make you cringe, make you laugh and definitely make you wary of girls that really, really want to go to prom with you. There’s an overplus of adjectives I could use to describe this horror masterpiece but the most notable would be disturbing, darkly hilarious, and undoubtedly memorable. The Loved Ones currently has a 97% rating at RottenTomatoes, and for good reason; it’s nearly perfect!
Almost everyone has that one movie that you always want to share with your friends and make sure that every person you know has experienced its glory. For me, The Loved Ones is that very film. The first time I watched it in 2009, I watched it alone. Immediately after I finished it, I went and got my roommate and made him watch it with me. The last time I watched The Loved Ones was at a get-together with roughly 6 or 7 friends and through its entirety it was, “Oh shit!” “Oh my God!” “No way!” It’s nearly impossible to watch this film and not express at least one (if not all, or more) of those phrases. I refuse to go into detail about the film’s plot or themes as I truly believe it’s one of those movies that you really just need to jump into to enjoy properly and absorb its existence.
You can view the trailer for The Loved Ones below and if you tell me afterwards that you don’t want to see the full movie… well, I just simply won’t believe you!
If you don’t own a copy of The Loved Ones, you should definitely purchase it on DVD or Blu-ray via Amazon. Trust me, it’s “finger-lickin’ good!”
Editorial written by: Brian Lion – Follow him on Twitter