Film / The Loved Ones

What Lola wants, Lola gets.

The Loved Ones is a Aussie horror (though very darkly comical) film released during the Fall of 2010. After turning down Lola's invitation to the prom, teenager Brent finds himself tied up at the girl's home, trapped in a hellish imitation of a prom with Lola and her sick father.

It's Misery meets Carrie meets Audition.

The film received a theatrical release in the United States during the summer of 2012.

This movie contains the following tropes:

  • Agony of the Feet: Lola's father drives knives through Brent's feet, which is shown in graphic detail.
  • Almost Kiss: Between Lola and her father. They get inadvertently interrupted by Brent.
  • Ax-Crazy: Lola, Lola, Lola...
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: Both Lola and her father. However there is a major difference. Lola seems quiet and shy at first, but is actually very loud and wicked once Brent is captured. Her father on the other hand seems very reserved and quiet in personality, even when doing horrible things.
  • Black Comedy: And how!
  • Bittersweet Ending: Brent was able to kill Lola and her father, escaping in the process. But, he is probably mute for the rest of his life due to having bleach injected in his vocal chords and, considering he was already depressed before, now he has an even bigger trauma to deal with due to being severily tortured.
  • Captive Date: Lola has Brent kidnapped so that she can have the perfect prom with him.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Say no to Lola because you already have a girlfriend? You'd better watch out.
  • Dull Surprise: At the end of the film, Brent's mom sees him with several signs of torture in his body, including a hole in the skull and the only thing she does is hug Brent with a dull expression. She doesn't seem to look shocked, scared or even worried.
  • Electra Complex: Lola. She is clearly jealous and hateful to her mother, and wants her father to love her back. After her father's death, she makes sure to kill her mother, which is something she likely wanted to do a long time ago.
  • Enfante Terrible: Lola's been torturing boys for a long time.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Lola and her father are a disturbing pair, but clearly care for one another. Lola really goes crazy after Brent kills her father.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Lola's father is angry that Brent hit a girl. He's also uncomfortable with Lola's attempted incestuousness and mistreatment of Bright Eyes.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Bright Eyes and the other previous victims.
  • Gorn
  • Gory Discretion Shot
  • Karmic Death: Lola's father has his neck slashed by Brent with kitchen knifes and then falls under the hidden trap door, where the lobotomized former victims of Lola's eat his body.
  • Kick the Dog: The film shows us right from the start that Brent's kidnappers mean business.
  • Leitmotif: Am I Not Pretty Enough for Lola.
  • Lobotomy: The fate of Bright Eyes and Lola's other victims, also what Lola and her father have planned for Brent.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: Lola has Brent kidnapped and tortured for not going to the prom with her.
  • Mood Whiplash: The film has quite a few instances of this, such as one scene which goes from Brent being horrifically tortured to Jamie while he's on his date with Mia.
  • Parental Incest: Although Lola and her father have never slept together, it is clear that both want to. Lola being the aggressor in this case. Unlike her, her father at least seems somewhat hesitant, and understandably so.
  • Shown Their Work: Lola and her father's method of lobotomizing their victims with a power drill is similar to Jeffrey Dahmer's method.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Lola goes through one when her father dies at Brent's hands and when she's fighting his girlfriend.
  • Yandere: Lola. Alternately, she could just be Cute and Psycho, especially since she was actually in love with her father, not any of the boys she kidnapped and tortured.
  • Was Once a Man: Lola's former victims are still alive and locked in the house basement under a hidden trap door. However they are twisted into agressive irrational beings, due to all of them being lobotomized, locked in the dark for so long and literally treated as beasts by her father, who feed them with dead animals.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Brent kicks Lola in his first attempt to escape.