The enchanted lives of a couple in a secluded forest are brutally shattered by a nightmarish hippie cult and their demon-biker henchmen, propelling a man into a spiraling, surreal rampage of vengeance.
A darkness swirls at the center of a world-renowned dance company, one that will engulf the artistic director, an ambitious young dancer, and a grieving psychotherapist. Some will succumb to the nightmare. Others will finally wake up.
Chloë Grace Moretz,
A traumatized veteran, unafraid of violence, tracks down missing girls for a living. When a job spins out of control, Joe's nightmares overtake him as a conspiracy is uncovered leading to what may be his death trip or his awakening.
Taking place in 1983, Red is a lumberjack who lives in a secluded cabin in the woods. His artist girlfriend Mandy spends her days reading fantasy paperbacks. Then one day, she catches the eye of a crazed cult leader, who conjures a group of motorcycle-riding demons to kidnap her. Red, armed with a crossbow and custom Axe, stops at nothing to get her back, leaving a bloody, brutal pile of bodies in his wake.Written by
There are several similarities between Jeremiah Sand and real-life cult leader Charles Manson. Like Sand, Manson was also a failed musician who reportedly took it very personally when his musicianship was insulted. Sand refers to his victims as "pigs," as did Manson and his followers. Psychedelic drugs were also used before acts of violence. See more »
Set in 1983, it's a tad early for quad ATVs. See more »
Black Skulls. Black Skulls. Lookit, man. For a while now words been coming down from the big rigs... something dark and fearsome out there. No one knows where they come from. First it was stories from the Interstate. Leaving truckers for dead, prostitutes vanishing... and gutted bodies on doorsteps. And always the same... biker gang. Black bikes. Only seen at night. Weird shit. There are stories, that there was a chapter... that ran courier for a manufacturer of LSD. He took a disliking to them...
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The opening text "When I die, bury me deep, lay two speakers at my feet, put some headphones on my head and rock and roll me when I'm dead." appears to come from the final words of Douglas Roberts, a man convicted of kidnapping, robbery and murder in Texas and executed on April 20, 2005. This isn't directly credited or verified by the film. See more »
Whilst watching Mandy, I felt confused and by the end I was very conflicted with how I felt towards this movie. After some thought, I came to the conclusion that this is a good movie. However, THIS MOVIE ISN'T MADE FOR EVERYONE!
On a technical level this film is gorgeous. The colour palette of red, pink, purple and the occasional blue and green is amazing to look at and gives a drug-infused vibe to the movie creating a trippy atmosphere. Panos Cosmatos's directon is fantastic and to some extent the dialogue is symbolic and well thought out. The music is great as it brings an ominous tone and is very reminiscent of 80s horror. Nicolas Cage is excellent as Red as he conveys the pain and dread perfectly whilst also seeking vengeance. There are some comedic elements from Nic Cage's dialogue to help lighten the mood. It also suggests that the film shouldn't be taken as seriously.
The main problems I have come from the first half. The first half of the movie comes across as very artsy whereas the second half is filled with bloodshed that's very exciting. Since the first half is more arthouse-like, the pacing is very slow. Personally, I felt quite bored during first half due to how slow it felt. Furthermore, I feel that the script didn't really do much for Cage's character. Not much was really mentioned about him so we don't get a complete idea of what his character is like unlike the cult which is very developed as we're given a clear idea of what they're like.
Overall, Mandy does have its flaws with pacing and character but the outstanding visuals, use of colour, acting and direction make this film unique and stand out from the rest of the revenge and grindhouse related movies.
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