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REVIEW: Mandy

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The long-awaited ‘Mandy’ finally arrived and Panos Cosmatos’ unique visionary tale of murder and revenge is now out in both theaters and on VOD platforms.

The film tells the story, “In the Pacific Northwest in 1983, outsiders Red Miller and Mandy Bloom lead a loving and peaceful existence. When their pine-scented haven is savagely destroyed by a cult led by the sadistic Jeremiah Sand, Red is catapulted into a phantasmagoric journey filled with bloody vengeance and laced with deadly fire.”

Red Miller (Nicholas Cage) and Mandy Bloom (Andrea Riseborough) leave a secluded, yet simple life, deep in the woods where Mandy reads, and works on her sketches while Red labors in the forest as a lumberjack. All is peaceful, all is quiet, but something is lurking.

Mandy unfortunately catches the obsessive eye of Jeremiah Sand (Linus Roach), who is the leader of a Manson family-like cult, and has himself, and the members of his “family”, convinced that he is a high spiritual being that is other-worldy. The family has an odd connection with a darker evil of the forest, deformed lifeforms that demand blood and thrive on killing truckers, prostitutes, and sacrificial offerings from Jeremiah’s family.

Jeremiah demands that Mandy become the newest member of his acid-hypnotized, sexual family and orders his followers to capture her. The family makes a deal with the darker evil in the forest, in exchange for a sacrifice, to capture Mandy and bring her to him.

Mandy is taken from her home, as Red is beaten, and delivered to the family, who drug her in ceremony. However, Jeremiah’s attempts to force Mandy into sex with him fail, and Mandy mocks Jeremiah, which angers him and leads him to anger.

With Red chained up to a post, Jeremiah and his followers burn Mandy in front of him, mocking Red the entire time, and leaving him to suffer.

Red recovers, eventually, regroups, and embarks on a blood-soaked journey of revenge, wanting to brutally murder Jeremiah’s family and those who conspired with them to kill Mandy.

Mandy is an acid-soaked, visually hypnotizing, bloody tale of evil and revenge that provides you a unique form of storytelling in a detached, yet completely fluid, presentation set to a psychedlic score that only amplifies the movie’s emotional tone. Cage’s performance is riveting, and Cosmatos’ film will leave a lasting impression, for it’s unique approach and execution.

Keep an open mind, shut off the lights, and give Mandy a go. Mandy is like taking a drug that gives you one heck of a trip, without the crash and burn.

 

Anthony DiMoro is the leader writer and founder of 'Fright Nerd'. DiMoro has written for popular websites such as Forbes and The Huffington Post. DiMoro cites Friday the 13th, A Nightmare On Elm Street and Halloween among his favorite horror movies of all time.

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