All the Boys Love Mandy Lane
During a party at a secluded ranch, people start dying violently.
Mandy Lane is a young girl who used to be fairly plain but blossomed over the summer. Now, all the guys want her, but someone is trying to prevent that from happening. At first glance, this appears to be another “teen slasher,” but really, it is so much more intelligent than that.
The visuals on this are some of the best out there. The film gives off a heavy 70s vibe, which adds to the gritty nature of the production. Amber Heard is just stunning in this as Mandy Lane. Her looks and performance make it entirely believable that people would be bending over backwards for her attention.
The Weinsteins bought the rights to this after the Toronto Film Festival, and then, surprise! They sat on it for years.
This is yet another fantastic horror film that way more people would know about if the studio execs didn’t have their heads up their asses. This movie was first shown on the film festival circuit back in 2006. I caught a screening of it in 2007, and here we are in October of 2013, 7 years after it was first out, and it is finally getting a ridiculously small theatrical run while simultaneously being released to VOD. This is absurd.
I’m guessing after they purchased it, they couldn’t figure out how to market a movie with teens it in that clearly wasn’t aimed at teens. This from the same folks who made a butt-ton of money off the Scream franchise back in the 90s.
Some years later The Weinsteins sold it off and then it sat in cinema limbo until today.
This was director Jonathan Levine’s first full feature and it is a refreshingly unique take on the slasher genre, kind of like his refreshing take on zombies in his 2013 film, Warm Bodies. Actually, I’m guessing that the positive buzz generated by Warm Bodies was finally enough to get the studio to release Mandy Lane.
A stellar movie across the board, and now that it has finally been officially released, it hopefully will become the classic it deserves to be.