Connect with us

News

REVIEW: Mandy

Published

on

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.

 

News

REVIEW: Brightburn

Published

on

David Yarovesky’s ‘Brightburn’ is an intriguing thriller that puts a unique spin on the classic story of Superman, with the results turning much more sinister.

Dropping on May 24th, the film stars Elizabeth Banks, Jackson A. Dunn, David Denman, Matt L. Jones, and Jennifer Holland.

According to the synopsis:

“What if a child from another world crash-landed on Earth, but instead of becoming a hero to mankind, he proved to be something far more sinister? With Brightburn, the visionary filmmaker of Guardians of the Galaxy and Slither presents a startling, subversive take on a radical new genre: superhero horror.”

The chemistry among the characters is immediately evident, as the dialogue flows in a natural manner, helping the film move fluidly along as the story unfolds.

The origins of the Breyer’s son, Brandon, is kept a mystery throughout the film, as is the origin and purpose of the voice(s) he continues to hear as he unravels into an evil entity, which makes the film that much more intriguing and interesting.

Brightburn keeps itself footed in the horror genre with some gory kills and tense moments, such as Brandon stalking a classmate, that really stand out in a movie that seems to perfectly and consistently balance the varying tones of the film.

From start to finish the film delivers and packs plenty to like in it’s 90 minute runtime making Brightburn a must see as we head towards Memorial Day Weekend.

Fright Nerd Score
82.5 frights
0 Users (0 votes)
Summary
Brightburn keeps itself footed in the horror genre with some gory kills and tense moments, such as Brandon stalking a classmate, that really stand out in a movie that seems to perfectly and consistently balance the varying tones of the film.
Fright Nerd Score82.5
What people say... Leave your rating
Sort by:

Be the first to leave a review.

User Avatar
Verified
{{{ review.rating_title }}}
{{{review.rating_comment | nl2br}}}

Show more
{{ pageNumber+1 }}
Leave your rating

Your browser does not support images upload. Please choose a modern one

Continue Reading

News

REVIEW: Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

Published

on

Last week, Netflix’s long-awaited film that centered on infamous serial killer Ted Bundy, from the perspective of his long-time girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer, premiered and it was met with mixed reviews.

According to the synopsis: “A courtroom frenzy ensues and sweeps 1970s America when a young single mother reluctantly tips the attention of a widespread manhunt toward her longtime boyfriend, Ted Bundy.”

Zac Efron dazzles in his role of Bundy, creating a magnetic like-ability that made the real-life Bundy so appealing in the media. Efron, from angles, even looked eerily similar to Bundy, making his performance that much more powerful.

However, despite the performances of Efron, and Lily Collins (Kloepfer) this film seems “off”, muddying itself into a controversial arena that almost invokes sympathy for Bundy, one of the most evil and brutal killers in America history.

While it’s fair to argue that portraying Bundy this way accurately tells the story, as that is what made him so fascinating and captivating, the film spends too much time on certain events while brushing past others, creating a very odd and confused dynamic..

Directory Joe Berlinger seems to want to do so much in so little time, and although this was told from a certain perspective, it still deviates from that perspective to tell other details and stories, losing grip and direction of the film’s intent in the process.

While it falls flat in certain areas, and it certainly does, it is still a solid movie. But, I cannot help but feel as though Efron, Collins, and performances from Jim Parsons and John Malkovich were cheated out of something that could have been so much bigger, and so much better.

Fright Nerd Score
74 frights
0 Users (0 votes)
Summary
While it falls flat in certain areas, and it certainly does, it is still a solid movie. But, I cannot help but feel as though Efron, Collins, and performances from Jim Parsons and John Malkovich were cheated out of something that could have been so much bigger, and so much better.
Fright Nerd Score74
What people say... Leave your rating
Sort by:

reviews.length < 1">Be the first to leave a review.

User Avatar
Verified
{{{ review.rating_title }}}
{{{review.rating_comment | nl2br}}}

Show more
{{ pageNumber+1 }}
Leave your rating

Your browser does not support images upload. Please choose a modern one

Continue Reading

Movies

New Trailer for ‘The Cleaning Lady’ Is Here

Published

on

A brand new trailer for Jon Knautz’s ‘The Cleaning Lady‘ has arrived ahead of it’s release from RLJE Films on June 4th.

According to the synopsis:

“On the surface, Alice seems like a woman who has it all: a gorgeous apartment, a booming career, a stunning physique, and a handsome boyfriend. The only problem is he’s married to someone else. Looking for a way to simplify her life, Alice hires Shelly to cleanher house. As Alice begins to confide in Shelly about her illicit affair, their friendship grows… and so does Shelly’s twisted obsession with her new employer. It soon becomes clear that Shelly has motives that reach further than a normal cleaning lady. Shelly wants to cleanse Alice’s entire life and will stop at nothing until she’s done.“

Continue Reading

Trending