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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.

 

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Blumhouse Makes ‘Fantasy Island’ a Nightmare

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Blumhouse is turning a classic television series into a full horror experience, as ‘Fantasy Island’ is set to arrive on February 14th, 2020.

According to the synopsis: “The Enigmatic Mr. Roarke (played by Michael Peña) makes the secret dreams of his lucky guests come true at a luxurious but remote tropical resort. But when the fantasies turn into nightmares, the guests have to solve the island’s mystery in order to escape with their lives.”

You can check out the official trailer below:

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Leigh Whannell’s ‘The Invisible Man’ Releases Trailer

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Leigh Whannell’s ‘The Invisible Man’ has released a trailer and with it comes a glimpse, or lack thereof, of the monster on the loose.

According to the synopsis: “Trapped in a violent, controlling relationship with a wealthy and brilliant scientist, Cecilia Kass (Moss) escapes in the dead of night and disappears into hiding, aided by her sister (Harriet Dyer), their childhood friend (Aldis Hodge) and his teenage daughter (Storm Reid).”

“But when Cecilia’s abusive ex (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) commits suicide and leaves her a generous portion of his vast fortune, Cecilia suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of eerie coincidences turns lethal, threatening the lives of those she loves, Cecilia’s sanity begins to unravel as she desperately tries to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see.“

The movie hits theaters on February 28th, 2020.

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Hurricane Thriller ‘Grand Isle’ Drops Official Trailer

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A brand new trailer has arrived for the hurricane thriller ‘Grand Isle’ starring Nicolas Cage, who is at the top of his game playing a psycho.

According to the synopsis: “Walter (Nicolas Cage) and his neglected wife lure a young man into their Victorian home to escape a hurricane. When the man is charged with murder by Det. Jones (Kelsey Grammar), he must reveal the couple’s wicked secrets to save himself.”

The film arrives in theaters and on demand, via Screen Media Films, on December 6th.

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