YEAR OF RELEASE
Feb 15th 2008 but then delayed July 19th 2009
A guess the killer slash film
A Victim does an oral sex act on a shot gun!
A group of high schoolers invite Mandy Lane (Amber Heard), a good girl who became quite hot over the summer, to a weekend party on a secluded ranch. While the festivities rage on, the number of revellers begins to drop quite mysteriously, it seems one of the boys wants Mandy all to herself, but the question is, which one?
Now this is one Slash movie which I do love despite many critics and fans putting their noses up to the whole show!
The reason I love it is because it tries to do something different to the slash genre. While others jumped on the Scream bandwagon, Mandy Lane tried its best to offer the fan a new slant to the new proceedings, a new angle to tease us with because without the “guess who is behind the mask” motive, Mandy Lane comes across a different beast to what is out there, and even to this day I find it hard to accept the criticism of this film!
The title tells you all you need to know about the film. Mandy Lane is the hottest girl in school, a pretty teenager with a body to die for who is nice and sweet and virtually keeps herself to herself. She is also a virgin, a notion which makes all the horny boys in her class want her more. Of course, being a girl who does not feel the need to be Miss Popular makes her exactly that, as shown with the opening scene of Many walking through the school corridor in a John Woo kind of slow mo, while boys and girls stare at her all with different agenda’s. The girls want to be her and the boys want to be IN her, but deep down they all know that its an idea that is totally impossible.
This scene alone is the strong point of the film because you have to believe in yourself that Mandy Lane is the most perfect catch. If you lucky like I was then you may have well had a girl in your own school who was just like her. A gorgeous sex pot who everyone wanted to be friends with but the only “Hi” you would get was a brief smile when you paths cross with the sound the school bell ringing in your ears. This scene works because Amber Heard is a very pretty actress and not only that but portrays this innocence that the character needs. If say Megan Fox was in the lead role then there be no doubt that the film would fail because Fox brings out a total different sex appeal on screen. From the very off you believe that Mandy is this virgin that does not want to follow the crowd and because of that the film establishes an already strong focal character base where you can not help but sympathise with the lead character, because when the killings start you are on unfamiliar path where you do not know where the film is heading.
Before we even get to the first murderous scene though, the film takes a long time to establish the plot. This is no Scream type slasher film where the killer appears from the off and teases victims with phone calls while lurking in the shadows. Here we have the set up of Mandy and her only friend Emmet (Michael Welch), are invited to a pool party where all the hot and popular people from the school will be. Emmet is a geek, a boy who probably loves Mandy also but rather stay friends than declare his love, but while its Mandy who is invited, she insists that he comes along, a decision that they will both live to regret. Here we see one of the school jocks try to impress Mandy (while being encouraged by Emmet) to jump from the roof of his house into the swimming pool. Unfortunately the poor guy does not quite make it, resulting in a not seen by us head collision with the concrete which results in his death and the end of the friendship that Mandy only has.
The film skips months later and Mandy is now keeping herself to herself, with Emmet just watching in the distance and further alienated from the others after the pool-side incident. Jake (Luke Grimes) Red (Aaron Himelstein), Bird (Edwin Hodge), have hired cottage for the weekend and are desperate to have Lane with them so they can have one last chance of getting a crack at getting in her knickers. To their surprise, Lane accepts their invitation and alongside Chloe (Whitney Able), Marlin (Melissa Price), the gang head off for a weekend of drinking and hopefully sex with the idea of one of the boys getting it on with Mandy running through the horny boys minds. On arrival another character enters the fray and one that innocent Mandy strikes an electric sexual bond with the good-looking much older Garth (Ansom Mount), the ground’s caretaker, and the boys themselves see the attraction these two have.
Again the film takes a while to get the slash element going. Its a good while after this set up do we see the first killing, the suspense is not quite up there with the likes of Halloween but it does the job well because first time viewers will not know where and what direction the film is going to go. The Slash cliche hits full flow with the first slay and that is a victim who dies after engaging in a sex act. You know that having sex in a horror is not a good thing and as soon has we we see the deed done its only a matter of time before said satisfied horny character meets their maker.
Its here that the film switches up a gear, the characters being established and now in danger from the evil stranger lurking in the forest. What I love is that here we have a film born after the Scream boom and yet totally ignores the film and its rules and goes back to the basic formula. The good thing about the film is that the guess the killer plot is totally gone out of the window after the third killing. There is no unmasking here, we see who it is and while it is not a shock (you can probably guess from reading this review) you quickly realise the motive and why this person is doing this. This goes back to the roots of Halloween and Friday 13th and for that it makes a refreshing change. The difference in quality between this and say Urban Legend is huge and I would go and far and say that Mandy Lane is a modern classic to the well established genre.
But even then when you think you know everything and have seen everything, the film offers one last climatic twist that will take your breath away. I had the privilege of watching this again only a few days ago with someone w
ho had never seen it before and when we got to “that” moment, my friend was blown away and it was a joy to watch. The scene in question is fantastic, a wonderful set up that for me is very underrated. We see her running, running for help, to the only person she thinks is safe to run too. “Help Me!” she yells, the person beckoning for her to run into their arms and then comes the jaw dropping moment. Its class and brilliant which even now writing this makes my horror juices flow. All good horrors has a twist in the tail and this is so good that it will make you want to watch it again and when you do you will notice the slight glances, the subtle hints and the way even the opening scene of the pool jump has this very dark edge that has this evil meaning totally lost on first watch.
The title says All The Boys Love Mandy Lane, after watching this splendid beauty, I could not help falling in love with the film myself!
A Cut Above The Rest!
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