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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:
Alexandre Chen ... Raymond Mandao
Scott Dunn ... Jay Mandao
Marisa Hood ... Maeve
Sean Liang ... Cousin Andy
David Gallegos ... Darth
Samara Kohne ... April
Gina Gomez Dunn ... Fer (as Gina Gomez)
Erin Leigh Neumeyer ... Mrs. Mandao
Sean McBride ... Jackson
Tenoch Gomez Tenoch Gomez ... Dj Miguel (voice)
Max Moreno Max Moreno ... Young Jay
Linda Loysen Linda Loysen ... Maeve's Mother
Rosa Ledesma Rosa Ledesma ... Lucinda


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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8 January 2019 | by bipbop13See all my reviews

Well, this was a pretty fun movie. Not really laugh out loud funny, but a humorous thread runs through the movie. I was impressed with the actors & sets, as the film was on a very low budget. The director played it smart, working well on a storyline that keeps your attention as well as characters you can invest in. There are some shifts in time, and "astral projection" with one of the characters. The film makers keep it simple and the viewer doesn't get confused at all. I wouldn't call this a horror flick, as the title would suggest, but more of a drama/thriller with sci-fi undertones. It's worth a watch, and the run time is only about 70 minutes. There are worse ways to waste that time.

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Release Date:

11 November 2018 (USA) See more »


Box Office


$20,000 (estimated)
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Mandao Films See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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