All the Boys Love Mandy Lane Reviews
There's been a fare bit of hype being built from those fans who did see it way back when. Now that I've seen it, I'm not so sure where the hype is coming from.
One thing I did admire about the film is the premise. Mandy Lane, who just one year ago was an average nobody, suddenly blossomed into the hottest girl at school. She's still a shy, quiet, "virgin-like" girl, but now all the boys want to get with her, persuading the "in" crowd to invite Mandy to come with them to a quiet cabin for a weekend of partying. The story definitely touches upon how superficial teenage relationships can be, and on the pressure teenage girls feel to look beautiful from both boys and their fellow female acquaintances. But the film doesn't explore this theme with much depth. The script is too shallow to extract any meaning.
Soon enough the teens are dispatched one by one at the hands of a serial killer. The violence is gory, but the execution is predictable and lacking any suspense. I never felt engaged towards any of the characters, and couldn't care less about the outcome, which by the way makes no sense in comparison to the rest of the narrative. As a slasher film, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane lacks scares and tension. As a critique on teenage life, it's a missed opportunity.
This ticks a lot of the usual boxes for a typical teen Slasher, regardless it was one that flowed and was easy watching, predictable, but enjoyable in a guilty pleasure kind of way.
A group of high-schoolers invite Mandy Lane, 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 revelers begins to drop quite mysteriously.
Mandy Lane is a girl that, like the title suggests, all the boys at her school want to "get with." She has blossomed over the summer from Plain Jane to the hottest, most desired girl in school. After her and her geeky male friend get invited to a party, a freak accident occurs where the host of the party dies while trying to impress Mandy. Flash forward to the following year. Mandy gets invited to a party at a secluded ranch by a bunch of the popular kids. Partying and drinking ensues, and of course, the boys each try in their own way to get with Mandy, who seems uninterested in the whole situation. Needless to say, it doesn't take long before a mysterious killer shows up on the ranch and begins brutally killing off the teens one by one. The film does utilize the now clichéd "Scream" type ending, but with a minor twist that is still somewhat predictable.
Where "All the Boys Love Mandy Lane" advances the genre is in style. Whereas slasher films of the past rarely focused on production, cinematography, setting, etc.., the filmmakers behind "Mandy Lane" put a lot of effort into making the film look great. The cinematography is wonderful, and the isolated ranch location is used to full effect. It is definitely the right direction for this type of film, particularly if horror fans want people to start taking these films seriously as pieces of art.
It is sad that, as of even today, this film has not had a U.S. release either theatrically or DVD. Had it been released in theaters, I think it could have revived the slasher genre, which once again has become tired and clichéd ridden, much like "Scream" did in the mid 90's. Horror fans and fans of quality film making should check this film out--not only is it an above average slasher film with interesting characters, brutal deaths, and plot twists, but it is also a wonderful piece of film making with exceptional art direction, cinematography, and direction.
I am actually surprised it is rating so low on here. I mean, if you don't like teen horror flicks, you are not going to like this either, but for it's genre, it is not bad at all and though you have your usual crass teens getting polished off one by one, they are actually not entirely unlikeable and generic as in most. The girl characters in particular I was actually sorry to see killed - usually in these you just think, get on with it, she's awful, LOL. The boys a little less so, but you can't have everything in a b grade horror movie.
All in all not great but well worth a look for those searching for a new-gen slasher. Fair warning: there is an appropritae level of violence in this BUT understand this is not a gorefest.
My main problem is something Lurple has already said best, "...the ending of this movie could really have used a little more background explanation." And he's right because there just wasn't enough there to justify what has transpired for the last hour or so. Oh well, at least it doesn't ruin the film so that's always a good thing.
The cast is pretty typical for this kind of thing, as are their deaths. But there were a couple wrinkled in the plot that, while maybe not completely unexpected, at least kept the movie interesting for me. All the Boys Love Mandy Lane is one of the best slasher films that I've seen in a while. It's not perfect (and not a horror movie), but it's worth giving a chance.
SPOILERS (for dumb people) AHEAD
Another flick in the long line of recent releases looking to add their own commentary to the larger pantheon of slasher films. This one's very obvious and predictable contribution is "the survivor girl is in on the killing scheme".
Too often using the overexposed technique, obviously a DP who has never done a water shoot before, and film-makers who think slow-time is not an annoying cinematic device that gives away jumpscares. Unfortunately, though so flawed, this is one of the better filmed slashers out at the moment.
I have no empathy for any of the characters and therefore do not care when they are killed. They are all self-absorbed privileged douchebags who epitomize all that can be wrong with the teenage populace, and it seems that the black character's douchebaggery is toned down a good deal so as to be PC. Only Mandy Lane and her odd former best friend are empathetic, which perhaps may be the true point of the film - realistic and developed teen characters hacking away at the cardboard cliche scream teens.
Some nice kills, especially the eye slashing and the rifle end through the throat. Not any real suspense or tension however.
I'd say skip, but if you are hellbent on a teen slasher, this might do you good to see something with more of an attempt at a Natural Born Killers/Bonnie and Clyde/Mysterious Skin spin than say a dull franchise addon like later installments of Friday the 13th or Halloween.
Midways it continues as a stalker/slasher movie that brings nothing new to the genre. There's not that much gore for example which was a major let down.
The acting is not that good at all. Just your typical amateur teenage actors. The cinematography is good, with a grainy picture that fits fine to the film.
"All the boys love Mandy Lane" is a pretty boring film. The thing that this movie will be remembered of, is its ending. Thumbs up for that.
Not the best movie around but you could do much worst.
Though no part of this film was really that original (Take the cast of Neighbours, drop them in the outback of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre then have them knocked off one by one a la Friday the 13th ) I went pretty crazy when I saw them out of yellow plastic cups. No, your eyes be not deceived my fellow horror aficionados, yellow. No red, that shit is aaallllllll yellow baby. Ahem... Also they play "Kings" and actually know how to take DXM, so that was cool.
Emmet (above right) played by Michael Welch (The X-Files, Day of the Dead , Bones) as the antagonist owns the screen far more than the titular Mandy Lane (above left) portrayed by Amber Heard (Pineapple Express, Zombieland, The Stepfather , And Soon the Darkness, Drive Angry, The Ward).
Along with what movie it's trying to rip off, All The Boys Love Mandy Lane also has trouble trying to decide where it sits genre-wise. There's plenty of awkward romances, complete with typical best-friend-in-love-with-pretty-girl-who-ignores-his-affections-but-strings-him-along-everywhere-and-is-really-nice-to-him relationship. All sorts of emotional teen drama bullshit. It's all mystery-like when people start dying, who-dunnit style, but only a third of the way into the film you find out it actually is Emmet, who you already know has the motive from the word go, so I don't think I'm ruining anything by telling you that. Then they drop the mystery and kill everyone off slasher style, but then the end is all suspenseful, and he psychology of it makes it a tad thriller-y. Often genre blending is pretty cool. Here it is just awkward.
There's not a whole else lot to say about All The Boys Love Mandy Lane. It's an ever-so-slightly above average "pretty teens die in low budget first time young male horror director's go at the film industry that was gonna get a theatrical release but ended up straight to DVD". Like the million others out there, but just a fraction more clever (and possibly a fraction less entertaining).