Excerpt: Panos Cosmatos’ drug-fueled revenge flick is a heavy metal giallo with imagery seemingly inspired by a custom van mural painted by Frank Frazetta and a Nicolas Cage performance for the ages. This witchy, satanic throwback to the 80’s trumps most actual horror movies of the era…
Excerpt: Mandy is awesome in the purest sense of the word, bringing an experience unlike anything else you’ll see this year. It’s a psychedelic and kaleidoscopic smorgasbord of ultraviolence, dark heavy metal imagery, and Nicolas Cage being a force of nature.
Excerpt: Cosmatos and Stewart-Ahn provide a glimpse at mankind’s penchant for false saviors preaching hate instead of understanding. For once Satan is the hero, the final bastion for individuality in a “pious” world killing to conform.
Excerpt: Underneath all the chaos and madness lies a story embodying all the anxieties and interests of the late ’70s/early ’80s, from astrology to Satanic Panic and maniacal cult leaders to sex, drugs, and the supposedly dark influences of heavy metal and horror.
Excerpt: It says a lot about the industrially processed pablum being routinely served up by the major studios today that a deeply flawed but flavorful concoction like Mandy has been so widely praised. But just because something is refreshingly different doesn’t make it good, and Mandy is awful.