Mandy (I) (2018)

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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.

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25 October 2018 | MrDHWong
7
| A hypnotic fever dream of nightmarish proportions propelled by a reliably crazy performance from Nicolas Cage
Mandy is an action horror film co-written and directed by Panos Cosmatos. Starring Nicolas Cage and Andrea Riseborough, it is a hypnotic fever dream of nightmarish proportions propelled by a reliably crazy performance from Cage.

In 1983, reclusive couple Red (Nicolas Cage) and Mandy (Andrea Riseborough) live in seclusion in the Shadow Mountains of California. One day, Mandy inadvertently encounters the Children of the New Dawn, a deranged cult of hippies who take a liking to Mandy and later arrange for her to be kidnapped, sending Red into an unrelenting and sadistic rage.

Brutal, shocking, and beautifully shot, Mandy unashamedly thrives on its unique premise from beginning to end. The film appears to have been heavily influenced by the work of David Lynch, with its surreal imagery and inventive cinematography, further emphasising the overall dream-like experience. Nicolas Cage is his usual over-the-top self and he demonstrates this several times during the film's second half. This is certainly not for everyone, but fans of surreal artsy films, graphic violence, and Nicolas Cage will find plenty to enjoy.

I rate it 7/10

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Trivia

[September, 2018 e.v.] During a recent interview with GQ Magazine, Nicolas Cage disclosed that when Panos Cosmatos first approached him to be in the film, he wanted him to play the role of the cult leader, Jeremiah Sand, but Nicolas didn't like the role of Jeremiah. Nicolas said he wanted to play Red instead. Nicolas said that Panos told him this was a story about old age vs youth and he didn't think he was right to play Red and that was the end of the discussion, no agreements were able to be made. A year later, through Elijah Wood, they met again to talk about the film and this time they explored more in detail the themes of love and the loss of love within the film and they discussed those same themes within their personal lives and by this time, everything just clicked and Panos then felt totally confident in Nicolas playing Red.


Quotes

Caruthers: So, what you huntin'?
Red Miller: Jesus freaks.
Caruthers: ...I didn't know they were in season, man.
Red Miller: Yeah, well...
Caruthers: Just tell me, man.
Red Miller: ...


Goofs

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.


Crazy Credits

The opening text "When I die, bury me deep, lay two speakers at my feet, put some headphones on my head and rock and roll me when I'm dead." appears to come from the final words of Douglas Roberts, a man convicted of kidnapping, robbery and murder in Texas and executed on April 20, 2005. This isn't directly credited or verified by the film.


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Amulet of the Weeping Maze
Produced, Recorded, & Mixed by
Randall Dunn
Composed by Dan Boeckner, Milky Burgess, Panos Cosmatos, Randall Dunn
Engineered by Ben Greenberg
Music by Milky Burgess
Lead Vocals by Linus Roache
Back-up Vocals by Faith Coloccia, Monika Khot
Flute by Hans Teuber
Lead Vocals Recorded at Figure Eight Studios
Lead Vocals Recorded by Phillip Weinrobe (as Phil Wienrobe)

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Action | Fantasy | Horror | Mystery | Thriller

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