HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Booksmart
Prisoners
Beach Bum, The
Kill Ben Lyk
Into the Mirror
Support the Girls
Werewolf
Little Monsters
Spider-Man: Far from Home
Horrible Histories: The Movie - Rotten Romans
Pentathlon
Anna
Moulin Rouge
Ray & Liz
African Queen, The
Helen Morgan Story, The
Golem, Der
Yentl
Finishing Line, The
Triple Threat
Mysterious Castle in the Carpathians, The
Driven
Planet of the Dinosaurs
Gwen
Big Breadwinner Hog
Thunder Road
Moby Dick
Frankenstein's Great Aunt Tillie
Mad Room, The
Phantom of the Megaplex
Night Sitter, The
Child's Play
Power, The
Midsommar
After Midnight
Dolemite is My Name
Varda by Agnes
Toy Story 4
Master Z: Ip Man Legacy
Man Who Never Was, The
   
 
Newest Articles
We're All In This Together: The Halfway House on Blu-ray
Please Yourselves: Frankie Howerd and The House in Nightmare Park on Blu-ray
Cleesed Off: Clockwise on Blu-ray
Sorry I Missed You: Les Demoiselles de Rochefort on Blu-ray
Silliest of the Silly: Monty Python's Flying Circus Series 1 on Blu-ray
Protest Songs: Hair on Blu-ray
Peak 80s Schwarzenegger: The Running Man and Red Heat
Rock On: That'll Be the Day and Stardust on Blu-ray
Growing Up in Public: 7-63 Up on Blu-ray
Learn Your Craft: Legend of the Witches and Secret Rites on Blu-ray
70s Psycho-Thrillers! And Soon the Darkness and Fright on Blu-ray
Split: Stephen King and George A. Romero's The Dark Half on Blu-ray
Disney Post-Walt: Three Gamechangers
But Doctor, I Am Pagliacci: Tony Hancock's The Rebel and The Punch and Judy Man on Blu-ray
Once Upon a Time in Deadwood: Interview with Director Rene Perez
Shit-Eating Grim: Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom on Blu-ray
Stallone's 80s Action Alpha and Omega: Nighthawks and Lock Up
Python Prehistory: At Last the 1948 Show and Do Not Adjust Your Set on DVD
You Could Grow to Love This Place: Local Hero on Blu-ray
Anglo-American: Joseph Losey Blu-ray Double Bill - The Criminal and The Go-Between
Marvel's Least Loved and Most Loved: Fantastic 4 vs Avengers: Endgame
Battle of the Skeksis: The Dark Crystal Now and Then
American Madness: Sam Fuller's Shock Corridor and The Naked Kiss on Blu-ray
Flight of the Navigator and the 80s Futurekids
Trains and Training: The British Transport Films Collection Volume 13 on DVD
   
 
  All the Boys Love Mandy Lane Everybody's dying to get herBuy this film here.
Year: 2006
Director: Jonathan Levine
Stars: Amber Heard, Whitney Able, Aaron Himelstein, Edwin Hodge, Luke Grimes, Melissa Price, Anson Mount, Michael Welch, Adam Powell, Peyton Hayslip
Genre: Horror, Drama, Thriller
Rating:  5 (from 2 votes)
Review: A pleasingly gritty and nuanced teen slasher movie, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane offers hope for the horror genre’s albino lovechild. Virginal high school princess Mandy Lane (Amber Heard) is the girl every local, teen lothario wants to bang, much to the consternation of now-estranged, best friend Emmett (Michael Welch). In spite of her beauty, Mandy has always felt an outsider, so she agrees to go with would-be seducers, Red (Aaron Himelstein), Bird (Edwin Hodge) and Jake (Luke Grimes) for a fun weekend at an isolated ranch. Cute cheerleaders, Chloe (Whitney Able) and Marlin (Melissa Price) tag along, eager to take advantage of Mandy’s desirability and score with the guys, while handsome ranch-hand Garth (Anson Mount) tries to keep things safe. Skinny-dipping, drug-snorting, sexual shenanigans turn sour once a mysterious hooded killer starts brutally murdering the teenagers, one by one.

The synopsis might read like your average Friday the 13th clone, but there is more going on here than meets the eye. Slasher movies take a hypocritically puritanical attitude to teenage behaviour, inviting us to ogle nubile flesh and tut-tut bad behaviour, before some hockey masked deviant slaughters all the cool kids so the audience feels smugly self-satisfied. Debuting director Jonathan Levine and screenwriter Jacob Foreman don’t entirely pull off the successful reinvention the dull genre so badly needs, but provide enough food for thought to make this a minor triumph. An attractive cast are wholly believable teenagers, inhabiting a world where sex is coarse, awkward, with sometimes embarrassing and hurtful repercussions, yet always on everybody’s mind.

From the opening shot that mimics the young men’s gaze at Mandy’s chest, to the sun-dappled, skinny dipping antics, Levine understands that adolescent sexuality shows little finesse. Yet rather than seeming voyeuristic, the film often feels honest, its teen angst closer in tone to Gus Van Sant than Sean S. Cunningham. Levine can’t resist throwing a few clichéd false scares and grim nastiness (a girl forced to fellate a shotgun rammed between her jaws), but between killings lets characters hint at suppressed pain, insecurities and anxieties that lie beneath their surface cruelty. Even the requisite topless scene reaches beyond titillation. Removing her padded bra, blonde bully Chloe fails to lure Garth and stares glumly at what she perceives as a pale, ordinary reflection. Impressively, the film does not serve us a slick, wisecracking killer for an anti-hero, something slasher movies do far too often. The murders are ugly, abrupt and unconcerned with upping the gore stakes, which is perhaps how it should be if the genre is to recover its soul. A twisty climax flirts with social commentary. While it does not cut as deep as say, Pretty Poison (1968) and leaves us nobody to engage our sympathies with, it nonetheless provokes the audience into contemplating the motivation behind these crimes, which is somewhat unique.

Produced by the Weinstein Company, who shunted it off to another distributor after Grindhouse (2007) flopped, this proved elusive for two years and is worth seeking out. The conclusion is a little sloppy and confusing but then again, so is adolescence.
Reviewer: Andrew Pragasam

 

This review has been viewed 6322 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (1)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star do you think makes the best coffee?
Emma Stone
Anna Kendrick
Michelle Rodriguez
Sir Patrick Stewart
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Andrew Pragasam
Enoch Sneed
Darren Jones
Paul Smith
  Rachel Franke
Paul Shrimpton
  Desbris M
   

 

Last Updated: