And you thought Carrie White had it bad. Being drenched in pig's blood is no fun, but at least she makes it to her prom. That's not the case for poor Brent (Xavier Samuel) in Sean Byrne's The Loved Ones. Brent is having a tough time recovering from the death of his father, but does have the support of his girlfriend Holly (Victoria Thaine). The trouble is, there's another girl at school who wants to make Brent's troubles disappear, but when he turns down Lola's (Robin McLeavy) invitation to the prom, she winds up increasing his discomfort tenfold.

Torture films typically rub me then wrong way and after The Human Centipede I've practically sworn off the subgenre entirely, but between the festival buzz surrounding and this enticingly terrifying trailer, the only thing holding me back from The Loved Ones is that there's no US release. The film did acquire distribution in Australia, which is why we've got this trailer, but that's just not going to be enough for us here in the states.

It's really quite surprising a film like this wouldn't have domestic distribution companies drooling all over it. With franchise like Saw flourishing despite diminishing quality, folks here in the US have a particularly strong taste for kidnap and torture flicks. As a matter of fact, how about we do away with Saw 3D The Traps Come Alive all together and put The Loved Ones in its place? According to our own Erik Childress' review from back in March when the film showed at South By Southwest, it should have wider appeal than you'd expect. He calls it "a genuinely crafty surprise" and points out that while it does have a handful of gory moments, it knows when to ditch the visuals and let the soundtrack handle the suspense.

Get a glimpse of what all of the talk is about in the film's new trailer after the jump.