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An Above Average Slasher Pic
on 9 August 2015
Amber Heard plays the titular Mandy Lane, an American High School beauty queen who's the unobtainable object of adolescent lust for all the boys at her new school. Mandy gets lots of invites to house parties and weekends away, but she chooses to go away on a trip to a remote ranch with a group of new pals. The young lads see it as an opportunity for one of them to finally hook up with the virginal Mandy, whilst she just sees it as a chance to get to know her new circle of friends a little better.
As night falls on the first evening at the ranch, the teenagers drain kegs of beer, get high on rolled up joints, pop some dubious pills, and make drunken advances at the nearest attractive member of the opposite sex. However, Mandy has the wit to stay aloof and keep the drunken debauchery at arm's length, confident in her ability to stave off the unwanted alcohol-fuelled "come-ons".
What Mandy doesn't know, is that amongst the ranks of her secret and not so secret admirers, there's one boy, or girl, who has no limits when it comes to seeing off the heavy competition for Mandy's affections...
This is a slick and well paced horror film. The teenage characters are marginally less loathsome than they tend to be in this type of slasher flick, and Mandy is a likeable chief protagonist. The first half of the movie playfully sets the scene for the horrors to come, and the liberal dose of murder and mayhem duly arrives in the second half.
Crucially, the film plays out as a "whodunnit" chiller and, just like Scream, it does a very good job of keeping the true identity of the killer a secret until very late on in the movie. The weak point of the film perhaps is that quite a lot of the action takes place in the dark, when it's not entirely clear to see what's happening. In any event, it's a solid 3.5 star slasher pic.
Some other great horror films worth checking out include American Mary, The Babadook, Bedevilled, The Chaser, Cold Prey, Grabbers, Honeymoon, I Saw The Devil, Starry Eyes, Venom (not the one with the snake) and Wolf Creek II.
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