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 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.
Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer from Colorado Springs, CO, successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan branch with the help of a Jewish surrogate who eventually becomes its leader. Based on actual events.
John David Washington,
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
The first fan-owned entertainment company, Legion M, helped co-produce the film and the Jóhann Jóhannsson soundtrack. See more »
When Mandy is reading her book she has a Series 2009 one dollar bill as a bookmark. The story takes place in the early 1980s. See more »
[During Red and Jeremiah's final encounter]
You unholy abomination! You aren't even worth my spit! It's all that hate in your heart... that's to blame. It follows you everywhere, man. Follows you everywhere. I can still help you. It's not just your life I can save. No. It's your goddamned soul.
[while Red grabs him by the head]
No, no! No, no! Please, please. Please don't hurt me! Can't you see this was all part of your journey? A journey that led you to me... to your salvation, your cleansing......
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A dedication to the late Jóhann Jóhannsson is followed by a shot of Mandy's sketches from earlier in the film. See more »
The Masterpiece of Grindhouse Cinema as a Total Art form
There is first and foremost word one should know about this film before watching it, and this word is: "Gesamtkunstwerk". In 1840s Richard Wagner used this term to describe the work of art which embraces different forms of expression and unifies them within a single form. This constitutes "Total Work Of Art", and "Mandy" is definitely looks like one of such works. This parallel my seem odd and even ridiculous, but Panos Cosmatos's film is nevertheless great example of a film in which form and content are united inseparably and supports one another.
On the surface lies amazingly crafted revenge action horror, tenderest love letter to every grindhouse fan, full of gore, creepy soundtrack and fantastic acting (besides brilliant Nicholas Cage there's a great performances by Andrea Riseborough and Linus Roach, plus cameo by Bill Duke), with a lots of geeky references. But this is only the beginning.
In the deep abides dark, twisted story, which incorporates themes from religion to current political agenda in an visionary style, filled with bright, screaming colors and aesthetics of a violent vengeance. This is obviously very personal film, made from particular point of view, but it has an universal meaning thanks to story and acting. Tragic and sarcastic, violent and sentimental, with it's tongue-in-cheek humour and witty dialogues, this simple story becomes something magnificent. In this way, again, "Mandy" can be regarded as an attempt, conscious or not, to establish a total work of art, perfect blend of narrative, music, acting and subtext into something very powerful. This is 1980s-inspired exploitation film made by genius. Go see it. Think of it. Let it flow through you. Enjoy the ride.
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