NerdNerve Movies: ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE

Once in a while I see a trailer, or hear some buzz about a horror movie. A lot of this goes in one ear and out the other, to be forgotten until I hear about it once more. One of these little nuggets however, has stuck with me since 2006 when I first heard about a film called All the Boys Love Mandy Lane. 2006, of course, is when I first remember hearing a synopsis for the film. Three years later, I had the opportunity to see the movie, and cannot understand why, to this day, the film has not been released.

Mandy Lane (Amber Heard) is the girl of every high school boy’s dreams. Though an outsider in regard to your average social circles, she is a living fantasy. All the girls want to be her, and all the boys want to be with her. Bare-bones as I can be about the story, she decides to go off to a cabin with some friends for a fun little getaway. That is, fun until someone starts offing the teens using fairly gruesome methods.

All the Boys Love Mandy Lane was directed by Jonathan Levine who last year gained some recognition for his film The Wackness (which he made 2 years after Mandy Lane). What I really enjoyed about this movie was the originality pertaining to the point of view it had on the genre. The film can easily be grouped in the teen/slasher category, but it was much more intelligent than the genre labeling can sometimes denote. This movie almost felt “self-aware,” but not in the same sense that a movie such as Scream, it was more subtle. Mandy Lane through pacing and narrative led me where it wanted me to go. Again I don’t want to say too much because I really feel this is one of those where going into the film, the less you know the better.

Last time I heard, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane had a release date of July 17th, so who knows. The original release date goes all the way back to 2007, and this film seems destined to remain held back by those who are smart enough to tell us what movies we will enjoy, and we’ll probably (if anything) see a very limited release and then straight to DVD. With the countless remakes and reboots, rehashed pointless ideas, and gore-porn, why studios continue to not even try with original, thought-induced horror movies, I’ll never understand. I guess when it comes down to it, If you get a chance to check this one out, I highly recommend that you do so.

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