Paramount Insurge has picked up the rights to Australian horror film The Loved Ones, and is expected to hit theaters as soon as this summer. This film has garnered a lot of buzz since it’s Australian release in 2009.
This is the first feature for writer-director Sean Byrne. The film stars Robin McLeavy, who currently has a recurring role on AMC’s Hell On Wheels. She will also be starring in the upcoming historical-horror Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
In The Loved Ones, high school senior Brent Mitchell wraps his car around a tree, killing his father. Constantly confronted by his mother’s emotional collapse after the accident, Brent escapes into a marijuana fueled world of loud metal music to block the pain and guilt. Dejected and out of sorts, he has a shot at happiness with his girlfriend Holly, a grounded, caring girl with drop dead good looks. Unfortunately, Lola Stone asked Brent Mitchell to the prom,and when Brent said no, Lola snaps and decided to take what she wants. She enlists her daddy’s help to throw a prom of her own where she is queen and Brent is king, whether he likes it or not.
The film is touted as a mixture of Sixteen Candles and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
Paramount is taking a cue from the success of Paranormal Activity, which was released due to fan demand. You can go to the official website for The Loved Ones and you can enter to bring the movie to your local theater.
Take a look at the trailer after the jump.