7 years in the making.
I knew I was always going to include this film in my Indie Gems, whether I loved it or not, just because I've never actively followed a film for so long. If there was ever a blogger/journalist that inspired me to get online and join the movie loving community, it was Larry Richman. He' a rseally friendly independent film enthusiast that I came across on IMDb. When I started my blog, he immediately followed me on Twitter and encouraged me, and that meant the world. I mention Larry (or Larry411 as he's known online) because it was actually his review of the film that initially got me interested - way back in what, 2007? I think he saw it at SXSW, but either way, I love a campy slasher, so I set my sights on this. Little did I know that it was going to go in distribution hell for years before FINALLY turning up on Netflix.
Well, the time came for me to finally see it. I had read spoilers, because I wasn't sure if I would ever see it, but it still lived up to the expectations I had. (Although I did lessen those over the years)
Mandy Lane (Amber Heard) is a shy good-girl who, as it's noted in the opening scene, got really hot over the summer. She mostly sticks with her friend, Emmet. (Michael Welch) She drags him along to a party where he ends up being responsible for an accident one of Mandy's many suitors has. We fast forward 9 months, and Mandy and Emmet have had a falling out over this. Now, Mandy's being invited to Jake's (Luke Grimes) ranch by him and his
pervy band of merry men friends, all with the intention that one of them will score with her. Strange things begin to happen and her friends start dropping like flies.
The film has everything a slasher flick looks for. Campy dialogue, boobs, decent kills, and overly horny dudes. Mandy seems so disinterested in EVERYONE there, I'm kind of surprised they continued to try so hard. One thing that felt a little different about this film was it was actually quite subtle in a way. The film doesn't really rely on intense chase scenes, things happen quickly and we get some of our answers right away, I thought that different approach worked well with the film.
Mandy Lane might not be the best slasher flick out there, but it amused me at times and the final moments take the film a step higher.
Memorable quote: "She chooses to be fat, that has nothing to do with me." - Chloe (Whitney Able)