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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
When Red encounters The Chemist, he appears to be preparing a batch of the cult's LSD by soaking a sheet of paper in a clear liquid, which would create what is known as "blotter acid", which is small squares of paper soaked in liquid LSD. He is handling the liquid LSD with his bare hands; doing this would render The Chemist with a dose far more than enough to render him delirious and non-functional for several days at minimum. See more »
SPOILER: I'm your God now!
[Right before squeezing the cult leader's eyes out of his head with his bare hands]
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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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