Friends often ask me to recommend indie horror films on Netflix Instant. (American Netflix, sorry!) Now I can just send…
All the Boys Love Mandy Lane
Everyone is dying to be with her. Someone is killing for it.
The orphan Mandy Lane is a beautiful, virgin and pure teenager raised by her aunt, desired by her schoolmates and a close friend of the outcast Emmet. After the death of their high school mate in a pool party, Mandy befriends Chloe, Marlin, Red, Bird and Jake. Red invites the group for a weekend party in the isolated ranch of his family.
Everyone wants to fuck Amber fuckin Heard, too bad there's a fuckin-psycho killer in their way. A party with the cool-kids. A leap of faith. Locker room chit-chat. A weekend getaway. A Hell on Wheels ranch-hand. Tits at the window. 68, you do me I owe you 1. A shotgun blow-job. A bullet to the face. A Bird's-eye view gets cut to shit. A bloody French-kiss. A final hug. A broken oath. Predictable with a what-the-fuck twist. Anson fuckin Mount is cool as fuck as Garth the Cowboy. His 8 lines of dialogue are fuckin brilliant. If you want to see Amber naked, watch The Informers. If you want to see a good slasher watch something else. If you like Anson fuckin Mount and you have 90 minutes to waste, then watch this.
I really don't get the hype/support this flick gets. It looks better than every horror movie ever, and the opening 20 minutes made me think that it was going to be clever. Then it turns into a stereotypical teen slasher, but continues to act like it's still being clever.
And why, exactly, do all the boys love Mandy Lane? I mean, Amber Heard is very attractive, but Mandy Lane is less interesting than my toaster. Was that the clever part? All the boys want to do her even though she has the personality of a fern? Is that some sort of commentary on something? The end certainly wasn't the clever part because it was super obvious, so that must have been it. Just too clever for me to get, I guess.
On the upside, that one song by Professor Murder is in it and that song rules.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
There she is boys, Mandy Lane. Untouched, pure. Since the dawn of junior year men have tried to possess her, and to date all have failed.
All the Boys Love Mandy Lane... da fuck why?! We are used to characters in horror films acting idiotic in the face of danger, but this film introduces the stupidity long before any danger rears its head. Apparently all the horndogs in this small town are completely infatuated with Mandy Lane because she's the only girl that hasn't slept with all of them.
If that wasn't bad enough, all the slutty girls are constantly in desperate need for Mandy's approval as well. So all these horned up teenagers, male and female, that are…
Performances : 6.6/10
Story : 7.1/10
Production : 6.5/10
Overall : 6.73/10
It's corny, cheesy, thinly disguised, occasionally ridiculous and often laughable. The most important thing the film is can't be described in one word though. All the Boys Love Mandy Lane is a fantastic throwback to one of the more exciting genres in movie history: the 80's slasher.
It has the perfect amount of blood, plenty of laughs and more than it's share of sexual depravity. My big issue was that it tried to modernize itself. That sounds like an unfair complaint. After all, who can blame Levine and company for wanting to make their film look like it came out in the 21st century? I just felt like…
I think a lot of directors would have benefited from first cutting their teeth on a low budget slasher. It worked for Jonathan Levine. There's nothing too revolutionary or original about the movie. It's simply a well done slasher flick that takes the idea of the virginal survivor girl and flips it on its head. Shot in and around Austin, the movie looks great and has a very 70s feel to it which really works for the story and setting.
Is it an incisive and intelligent take on gender ideologies in horror films and teenage sexuality masquerading as a crass and derivative exploitation film or is it is a crass and derivative exploitation film masquerading as an incisive and intelligent take on gender ideologies in horror films and teenage sexuality? You decide. What remains without a doubt, however, is the film's use of a shallow depth of frame for maximum horror effect.
I'd been anticipating All The Boys Love Mandy Lane for a number of years because it had some distribution issues and only ended up finally getting released in 2013 after a planned release in 2006. Perhaps it was this anticipation that led to my overall disappointment in the film, but I'm not sure how much merit it has either way.
All The Boys Love Mandy Lane sets up a story that seems as though it has something very clever to reveal to you in the third act, when in fact the "twist" is extremely predictable. I liked some of visuals, music, and tone during the "teens having fun just before the bloodshed begins" scenes, but by the time the tedious second and third acts roll around, the novelty had worn off.
Motives are a little murky, and the "whodunnit" is weak.
Having seen the film listed in a recent "under-rated horror" list, and discovering it was on Netflix I decided to check out this little hidden gem from 2006 (that only recently received a proper release in the US) the other night.
The story isn't particularly new; a group of teens head up to a ranch to dabble in drink, drugs, and sex. And you can probably guess where it goes from there...
The remarkable thing about the film is that despite being rather predictable, it's executed with enough style that you probably won't mind.
I particularly liked the choice of having the third act plays out entirely in daylight. I'll admit, I did not see the final twist coming, and…
Not a bad movie, but I found it to be pretty predictable and maybe 10 -15 minutes too long.
A bizarro teen slasher version of Friday Night Lights where Riggins, Tyra, Smash and the rest of the gang are all probably rapists, that then starts creeping towards a specific type of subversive, gender-centric genre commentary that's grown a little tired these past few years (not a completely fair critique, I know, considering how long this sat on the shelf). It looks and sounds better than it needs to, again like FNL, and the gory surprises work well enough, so even when the meta business feels tired, there's still enough horror pleasure to be had.
For years I remember hearing about this unreleased (to that point) film. No specific reasons were ever given as to why it was held back (various distribution changes and general limbo) - but year after year, it sat shelved. I recall seeing it for several years in bootleg form at horror conventions, but always held off, thinking a proper release would come.
Last fall, the film finally saw a "proper release". And this year, I finally sat down to watch it.
So... my thoughts.
Eh. It's okay I guess.
It looks good, and is well directed. I really enjoyed the third-act specifically, although the "twist" did little for me.
I feel it thinks as a whole, the film wants to…
Pretty standard entry in the 'secluded teen slasher' genre.
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