“Because all of me loves you all!”, “Love lifts us up to where we belong!”, “I was made to love you, baby. You were made to love me!”. All you have to do is watch any pop song about love, and you’ll see the crazy power it has over people.
The horror industry seems about as far removed from Cupid and his flying arrows as humanly possible. It’s a vulgar, grotesque, dark, and (usually) unsentimental genre that goes above and beyond to get your heart pumping, but out of fear rather than romance. That’s probably why scary movie villains aren’t the kind of people you’ll find buying Valentine’s Day cards. Yet even in the dark recesses of horror movies, love finds a way.
There’s room for romance in horror, which can even be seen in villains. Not all villains’ motivation comes down to “killing people because it’s fun”, as many of them have deeply personal reasons for their actions, and what could be more personal than love?
These upcoming antagonists might not be the kind of people you’d want to date, but they did what they did because of the ever-elusive L-word.
Prom is such a celebratory beacon for young love. It’s an innocent and sweet time where young people spend the evening with their lovers and create memories that they will remember forever. Well, in the case of The Loved Ones, it’s a prom day no one will soon forget.
Lola Stone is a very twisted young girl who, alongside her father, sadistically kidnaps and tortures people – it’s definitely not the best kind of date night. This is obviously very unfortunate for the object of her affections (Brent), as she lets out all her fantasies after he turns her down for prom in favor of his current girlfriend.
Poor Brent is kidnapped and forced to attend a sickening fake prom with Lola and her father. There’s love everywhere in this torture movie as Lola’s passions for Brent are the main reason he’s targeted. Sure, she’s tortured a lot of people, but it’s her prom date, so he’s special.
There is also an odious love between her and her father, Eric. It’s sick, rude and even incestuous, but what about a father/daughter duo who kidnap boys for fun?