THE LOVED ONES might be getting a prequel

Chase Whale

by: Chase Whale
October 28th, 2010

Most of the time, when a movie gains a fanbase, either a prequel or sequel gets made. Whether wanted or not, it happens. At times the director of the first is involved, or he/she passes the throne to someone else. That all said, I just found out, via Peter Hall’s twitter, that my favorite movie of the year, THE LOVED ONES, might be getting the prequel treatment.

What’s Playing sat down with THE LOVED ONES writer/director Sean Byrne to talk about the prequel. “It lends itself more to a prequel. I’ve actually got 12 pages of back-story so…watch this space,” Byrne told them.

Like Hall, I don’t know how I feel about this. I hold THE LOVED ONES way too close to my heart, much like I do puppies and pepperoni pizza.  However, if Byrne feels confident this will not damage the original, count me in. In Byrne I trust.

THE LOVED ONES will release theatrically in Australia on November 4th. Currently there is no U.S. theatrical distributor, which frustrates my world. This is one of the best horror films I’ve ever seen and it’s sad that SAW can get a zillion sequels greenlit, but a smart piece of cinema like this can’t even find a U.S. home.

If you’re still reading this article (thank you, by the way), check out our interview with Sean Byrne and review of THE LOVED ONES. I also wrote an editorial piece on 2010′s badass Australian cinema – check it out!

Here’s the second trailer for THE LOVED ONES. Skip this first, it gives away way too much of the good stuff.

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  • Dustin

    One of my favs of the year as well. But I am hesitant to accept a prequel. Part of the fun was wondering what the hell this family has been up to all these years.

  • Chase Whale

    I know Byrne knows what he’s doing, so I’m not too worried. I just love this film too much, it’s creepy.

  • Brian Kelley

    One side of me definitely agrees with you Dustin. On the other hand, THE LOVED ONES doesn’t look too great on paper and look what Sean did with that! I don’t think the real danger of a prequel is the prequel itself being poor, it’s that he runs the risk of sucking some of the life out of THE LOVED ONES. And I think that is what you were alluding to. So we may just be in TOTAL agreement. :) PS – I haven’t seen you in fooorrreeevvverr!!!

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