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What Lola wants, Lola gets.

The Loved Ones is an 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 through Paramount's Insurge Pictures label.


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
  • 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 severely tortured. There's also a final scene in the B-plot, where we find out that Lola's previous victim who escaped the basement and caused Brent's car accident, was the police sergeant's son.
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  • Break the Cutie: Brent is on the receiving end of this. Twice.
  • Calling Card: Lola marks all her 'dates' by carving a love heart into their bare chests, using the tines of a fork. It enables Brent to realize that his car crash was caused by one of Lola's previous victims.
  • Captive Date: Lola has Brent kidnapped so that she can have the perfect prom with him.
  • Car Fu: employed by Brent near the end.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • the opening scene where Brent is driving in the car with his father, and has a crash in which his father dies. It's initially used to explain why Brent's in such a depressed frame of mind. During his torture, Brent has a flashback to the crash, realizing it wasn't his driving at fault; Brent actually swerved to avoid one of Lola's 'past boyfriends', who she later mentions somehow escaped from the basement.
    • the razor blade Brent uses in an early scene for self-harm. He uses it to cut himself free of his bonds, making his first, ultimately unsuccessful escape attempt
  • Chekhov's Skill: In an early scene, Brent is shown rock-climbing without any equipment, including a shot where he pulls himself up almost by his fingertips. This is how he escapes the basement, once Lola heads out and leaves the trapdoor open.
  • 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.
  • Matricide: Bright Eyes turns out to be Lola's mother. She smothers her with a pillow.
  • 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.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Lola
    • After pushing Brent down the basement, she throws several objects at him. He uses some of them as weapons to defend himself from the beast-like captives down there.
    • After killing the police Sergeant, she pushes his corpse down the basement. His corpse added to the pile of the other victim's corpses, allowing Brent to climb up.
  • 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.
  • Psychopathic Womanchild: Besides being an incredibly entitled bitch (to say the very least), Lola has a ton of childish drawings in her scrapbook and acts overly giddy when she's torturing Brent.
  • Revenge Myopia: Lola informs Brent that, because he killed her father, she will now take revenge by going to Brent’s house and killing his mother and his girlfriend. And the fact that, in order to kill her father, Brent had to break free of his restraints before the man poured a kettleful of boiling water into the hole they had just drilled through Brent’s skull? Lola seems to feel this is no excuse.
  • Running Over The Plot: Played with. Brent actually avoids running over the plot (not knowing that's what he'd be doing) when he swerves to avoid a boy stumbling around in the middle of the road, killing his father and restarting the actual plot. But it turns out that he was actually one of Lola and her father's victims, barely clinging to life.
  • Sacrificial Lion: the police Sergeant who goes out searching for Brent, and actually finds Brent in the basement, only to be killed before he can get Brent out. Lola callously shoves his body through the trapdoor... and added to the stack of her previous victims corpses, manages to lift Brent just high enough in the air that he can reach the rim of the trapdoor and finally escape.
  • Serial Killer: This appears to be the case when Lola is showing off her scrapbook of previous victims to Brent. Later, it's shown she isn't. It turns out that she's been keeping them alive in the basement as pets, who she and her father feed roadkill to.
  • Sean Connery Is About to Shoot You: The film's promotional poster features Lola pointing a power drill at the viewer.
  • 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 raw dead animals he picks on roads.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: during Brent's torture-induced flashback, he realizes that the car crash that killed his father happened not because of Brent's driving, but because one of Lola's previous victims suddenly appeared in the road. Lola mentions that one of her previous 'boyfriends' escaped, and wandered off into the hills, where he presumably died of exposure or dehydration. It's not until the last scenes that the viewer realizes that it must have been Tim, the missing son of the police sergeant. Did Brent ever get to put two and two together? Or will Mia and her mother never find out what happened to him, in addition to mourning their father and husband?
  • Would Hit a Girl: Brent kicks Lola in his first attempt to escape. Justified, because she tortured and tried to kill him. He later punches her in the face twice.


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