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All The Boys Love Mandy Lane

Montreal Premiere

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“Made by filmmakers young enough to remember just how scary high school can be, and more than talented enough to bring a nightmare exploration of that fact to the screen” - James Rocchi, CINEMATICAL

“Takes us back to the old days when horror movies were at the cutting edge of artistic exploration. Fans of traditional slashers will love this film, but so will a lot of people who wouldn't normally touch them” - Jennie Kermode, EYE FOR FILM

Credits

Director: Jonathan Levine
Screenplay: Jacob Forman
Cast: Amber Heard, Anson Mount, Michael Welch, Whitney Able, Edwin Hodge
Producers: Felipe Marino, Joe Neurauter, Chad Feehan, Keith Calder, Brian Udovich
Distributor: Senator Film

Description

This is not the film you’re expecting it to be, and no plot synopsis will paint an accurate picture. As Andrew Kasch wrote in his Dread Central review, “It’s damn near impossible to describe the greatness of MANDY LANE without making it sound completely unappealing,” and that’s the Lord’s truth! The on-the-surface-thin plot concerns a dreamily gorgeous girl by the name of, you got it, Mandy Lane (Amber Heard) who is the object of obsession for virtually everyone in her high school. In what should be the first clue that this film will smash slasher conventions to pieces, Mandy is a not über-confident, nor is she manipulative, cold, superficial or demure. In fact, Mandy is an absolute sweetheart who barely seems to grasp the power she holds over others and identifies more with outsiders than with the popular crowd. To celebrate the end of her junior year, she and a group of friends decide to spend the weekend at a ranch house in the countryside. As you’re probably expecting, all hopeful seducers begin to be killed off one by one. Everyone, in fact, begins to die. Don’t let that make you think you’ve seen this one done a thousand times before. This film is much more than the sum of its parts.

A super entertaining and surprisingly provocative reworking of traditional slasher film themes, MANDY plays somewhat like a homicidal sister act to VIRGIN SUICIDES with razor-sharp (and often very funny) dialogue, heaps of tension, lacerating moments of violence and a garish visual aesthetic blasting out from its frames. Characters range the expected “types,” yet they’re written richly as flawed, three-dimensional beings. When things get nasty, the results are devastating. A boldly subversive feature debut from Jonathan Levine, MANDY LANE moulds stereotypical slasher conventions into a deranged discourse on objectification, combining an insightful point of view with the best elements of ’80s teen horror and caustic ’70s hellrides. An audience favourite at every fest it screens in, it’s a smart slasher film for a dangerous new world, where no secrets are secret and school shooting sprees happen on a near-monthly basis.

—Mitch Davis