Posted on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012 by Angie Han
Sean Byrne‘s Aussie horror The Loved Ones first attracted attention back in 2009, when it nabbed the Midnight Madness Audience Award at the Toronto Film Festival, and continued to garner good buzz on the festival circuit through 2010… and then 2011. Now it’s 2012, and though it seems like festivalgoers have nothing but nice things to say about this bloody prom flick, The Loved Ones still hasn’t gotten a proper U.S. release.
Enter Tugg, a platform that allows filmgoers to set up on-demand screenings of certain films at their local theater. The service, which launched earlier this year, has teamed up with Paramount’s Insurge label to release The Loved Ones in the U.S. But is it really worth campaigning to bring it to your hometown? For what it’s worth, I vote yes — but check out the new trailer after the jump and decide for yourself.
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After the break, Michelle Rodriguez goes to The Home and Robin McLeavy joins Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter after all. Read More »
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The Australian horror film The Loved Ones has been wowing genre-loving audiences since it debuted at festivals last year. It won the Midnight Madness program award (an audience-voted award) at the Toronto Film Festival in September, and has done quite well at other fests, too.
There’s no US distributor for the film just yet, but The Loved Ones is about to see release in Australia, so I’d like to present this imported trailer. Read More »