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.
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
Nicolas Cage played a Lumberjack in two of his best movies Joe (2013), Mandy (2018) See more »
When Mandy is reading in the shop, the book is open on the same page as earlier, but this time she is reading the left page. Earlier she was reading the page on the right. See more »
He Couldn't Find His Nose Even If He Looked In A Mirror
Better To Burn Out Bright... Than Fade...
[Red forces a blade into his mouth and through his head]
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The opening credits don't display the title or a 'Directed by Panos Cosmatos' credit. The title appears 75 minutes in, and 'Directed by Panos Cosmatos' is the first ending credit. See more »
Written by Quirino Mendoza (uncredited)
[Incorrectly credited as Traditional]
Alternative Lyrics by Moises Baqueiro
Produced by Aaron R. Kaplan See more »
Not a fan of horror genre, but I loved this.
When I say I'm not a fan of the horror genre, I mean I don't mind watching them, but I definitely don't get excited about any of them and I clearly don't spend any time talking about them afterwards.
With that said, this film transcends the typical horror genre films through the use of sound, music and imagery.
The director/writer Panos Cosmatos clearly has unique a style to his film and that is what resonates the most.
He has drenched this film in a color palate of red, purples, and blues. He's paired it with long, eerie sounds, and ripping metal music. He then compliments that with images of metal (barbed wire, chainsaws, nails) and wood (church) and fire.
Finally, he's written 3 distinct characters that are so different from each other (Cage, Riseborough, and Roach) and just lets them do their thing. And boy do they deliver. All of three actors transform themselves into characters into so unlike themselves that it is a pure joy to watch.
This film shines not just because it celebrates the elements of the horror genre, but because the imagery, sound, music, and acting were all very strong.
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