Hannibal, Freddy, Leatherface, Jason… the Kings of Horror have found their Princess!
I don’t know why, but violent girls definitely have a certain appeal to me. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a sick bastard jerking off while watching bloody movies, but I can’t refuse this certain appeal. Look, it used to be the normal case in horror movies, that the guys were the villains. Almost every big sadistic badass in cinema’s history has a man’s name. Remember the flesh-eating Hannibal? Sure, Silence of the Lambs. There were some other guys, at least here in Germany rarely seen due to FSK restrictions, called Freddy and Jason, appearing in Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday 13th. Last of the ones I want to mention is the huge psycho called Leatherface starring in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Well known characters, printed on every geek’s t-shirt around the world, awarded with remakes, sequels and prequels.
But somehow they missed the female part of mankind. The last years were great years, suddenly numerous movies with angry and violent women appeared, all I’ve seen were great ones. Especially Alexandre Aja’s High Tension was incredible and at the same time the beginning of me wanting more of such movies. It seemed that there was a certain European way of making movies, some guys called it the Terror genre. The even better, but also more shocking, Inside reached the climax of what I’ve seen. These were my thoughts until now. Although I saw only the trailer I am blown away by the new princess of horror, the pendant of the guys above (this is what the trailer tells us). The Loved Ones is an Australian horror movie of 2009, and by e.g. Wolf Creek you can see, that Australians are definitely in the horror business.
As you guys over there in the United Kingdom can be lucky about the uncut release by Optimum (also on BluRay), the guys in Germany (including me) can bring out their horns and vuvuzelas and cry: The Loved Ones will be released by our favorite company, Koch Media, in January. And hold on: it will be released uncut with a FSK 18 rating! A belated Christmas present indeed, but in case of this Australian shocker being released by the best company in the whole country, I am OK with that.
And: no worries, this will be not only a violent, but also a very entertaining movie. This fact also lights a little flame inside me and I can breathe a sigh of relief. I am definitely not sick. I mean, everybody loves comedies, huh? 😉