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Mandao of the Dead (2018)

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If you could astral project back in time and stop a murder, would you do it? Slacker Jay Mandao and his sidekick Jackson are about to find out. Premiered at the San Diego Comic Con 2019.


Scott Dunn


Scott Dunn





Credited cast:
Sean McBride ... Jackson
Alexandre Chen ... Raymond Mandao
David Gallegos ... Darth
Scott Dunn ... Jay Mandao
Sean Liang ... Cousin Andy
Marisa Hood ... Maeve
Gina Gomez Dunn ... Fer (as Gina Gomez)
Erin Leigh Neumeyer ... Mrs. Mandao
Samara Kohne ... April
Rosa Ledesma Rosa Ledesma ... Lucinda
Tenoch Gomez Tenoch Gomez ... Dj Miguel (voice)
Linda Loysen Linda Loysen ... Maeve's Mother
Max Moreno Max Moreno ... Young Jay
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Mandao (Man-Day-Oh) of the Dead is about an unambitious guy named Jay Mandao who lives frugally off his late father's cereal royalties. He wants nothing more than to live in solitude, but is duped into taking in his adult nephew-in-law, Jackson. As Halloween approaches, Jay begins having odd dreams, and comes to find that he has the ability of astral projection. Jay and Jackson are approached by a ghost who has a small window of opportunity to reverse his death at the hands of Jackson's murderous ex-girlfriend. Written by Gina Gomez and Scott Dunn

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This Halloween Jay and Jackson are going astral.


Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi

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Official Selection of the Comic Con International Independent Film Festival 2019. See more »


Jackson (Sean McBride) had cut this hair shortly before the re-shoots. The difference in hair length can be barely scene in the original wide-shots and re-shot close-ups for two scenes: the breakfast scene immediately after Jay (Scott Dunn) travels to Maeve's home for the first time and the confrontation between Jay and Jackson after they use astral travel to discover Maeve is the murderer. See more »

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Exceptional Horror-Comedy Hybrid
18 October 2019 | by TheAll-SeeingISee all my reviews

"Mandao of the Dead" deftly does that high wire act between horror and comedy, never pausing to look down at all the failed attempts rotting in the canyon below. This is a terrific film delivering on the promise of its unique concept, and it thrives on the strength of some wonderful character writing.

Scott Dunn directs, and also owns his space as the film's namesake: Jay Mandao gets by on royalties from his dead dad's cereal business, taking in just enough to also support his none-too-motivated nephew. Soon Jay realizes a burgeoning skillset in the socially neglected niche of astral projection; an epiphany that sets the wonderfully honed humor into full and joyous motion.

Like the best of films in comedy and/or horror, a soul has to emerge from the inside, and Jay is in abundant possession of it. Dunn terrifically threads Jay's heartfelt connection to his old man's lineage, and sets it off by surrounding Jay with a terrific ensemble of uniquely memorable characters. "Mandao Of The Dead" is a massively entertaining film, made so by the director's expert craftsmanship in reaching for and achieving something a bit aspirational.

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Release Date:

11 November 2018 (USA) See more »


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$20,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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