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
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Directed by Panos Cosmatos. Starring Nicolas Cage, Linus Roache, Andrea Riseborough, Ned Dennehy, Bill Duke, Richard Brake, Olwen Fouéré, Clément Baronnet, Line Pillet. (R)
Bizarre, surreal horror-phantasmagoria provides no short cuts or amendes honorable; either one resists, or one gives in. A deviant cult, working with (presumably) actual demon bikers, kidnaps Riseborough, sending her beau (Cage) on an anguished mission of blood-soaked revenge. A volcano of ultra-saturated colors (reds, mostly), lysergic acid-soaked celluloid, gonzo performances, extreme gore, madness and despair. At its best, hypnotic and visceral, an unforgettable vision quest like the most gorgeous of nightmares; at its worst, soporific navel-gazing to compete with the worst aspects of Nicolas Winding Refn. Obviously not for all tastes, but if the mood strikes just right, the rewards will linger long after. Numerous camera shots could easily be used as album cover art for progressive rock and/or death metal bands.
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