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The world of Horror is filled with bizarre families demonstrating their own special brand of normal. The Sawyers in Texas Chainsaw Massacre and the band of crazies in The Hills Have Eyes immediately spring to mind. You should now add Lola Stone and her dad to this list. They are the stars of a disturbing little Australian horror film from 2009 called The Loved Ones.
Lola is a pretty but socially awkward High School student, and to a certain degree she lives in her own reality. She has her hopes and dreams, and one of those is to go to the dance with her crush Brent. Brent is kind to her, but he is already going to the dance with his gal Holly. Lola's Dad wants her to be happy, and he does what he can to make her happy in their insular little world. Whatever Lola wants, Lola gets.
I can't tell you any more. You just need to see it. The Loved Ones is a creepy and effective film, with some great moments of horror and dread. It's what you'd get if Sixteen Candles had been inbred for 10 generations. Check out the trailer and then hunt the film down.