`All the Boys Love Mandy Lane' is a teen slasher film in the style of Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th and Scream and is about a girl named Mandy Lane (Amber Heard) who becomes something of a hottie over the summer break. All the guys want to be with her and all the girls want to be her. Then one weekend a group of horny teens head to one of their parents' ranch and are then picked off one by one by someone in the darkness.
I watched this film with low expectations as a majority of these types of films tend to be rubbish, but I was pleasantly surprised that this was actually quite different. The basic formula is the same as other slashers where scantily clad teens run about and getting killed off in various brutal ways by an unknown killer, but the thing that stood out in this movie was the ending which really was an excellent twist and quite a shock. The killings aren't all that original and there aren't that many of them either. In fact, the first person doesn't actually get killed until over 30 minutes into the film, which I felt built up the tension and the story a lot rather than just jumping straight into the murders. The killer is really obvious and if you don't get it within the first few scenes, you must really not be paying attention. It's not that important though as the suspense and surprises more than make up for that.
One thing I strongly advise though is NOT to buy this on Blu Ray as the picture quality is absolutely terrible - at times even worse than some bad quality standard DVDs.
Overall this is a watchable, enjoyable and typical teen slasher flick that is one of the better ones that have been released over the past few years and has some believable performances from the cast (after watching the interview with Heard, she must be a good actor as she seems quite intelligent in the film!) and a good story that is very easy to get into. Probably worth a rent rather than a buy as it isn't one I'd watch again, at least for a long while. This definitely has the potential to be a cult hit, I just hope that they don't follow this on with numerous unnecessary sequels.
Slasher films – the lynchpin of the horror genre... a handful of good-looking, interchangeable teenagers go, er, somewhere desolate where mobile phones obvious don’t work then get picked off by locals/werewolves/monsters – take your pick.
Here, in ‘All the Boys Love Mandy Lane’ the affore-mentioned interchangeable teens go to a country farmhouse in order to – well – get with (for use of a better term) the much-adored Mandy Lane (played by Amber Heard, before her romance with Mr Depp). Unfortunately, before any of them even make it near first base with Ms Lane, a nutter starts slicing and dicing them.
Now, normally, there’s an element of mystery surrounding who the masked killer is. Here, there isn’t – here you basically know who the killer is straight away (and he doesn’t ever wear a mask for very long). So don’t expect to be guessing who-dunn-it with this one. One guy obviously loves the future Mrs Depp a little too much and has a novel way of dealing with rival suitors.
So, there you have it – kids getting stalked and slashed – nothing new. And that’s about it. Basically, you’ve seen it all before and there’s nothing that will particularly amaze you (although I did quite l like the ending and thought it was a little different). However, if you generally like your slasher films then this one should entertain.
Nothing special, but if you’re a fan of the genre then it should fill an hour and a half of your time (although, personally, I thought Mandy Lane’s mate was prettier than the – much sort-after – lead!).
Over the summer, Mandy (Amber Heard) was visited by the boob fairly and suddenly got very popular with the boys who all want to do her. A weekend party trip is arranged with a few guys and girls to a secluded ranch filled with cocaine, pot, and booze. Through it all Mandy maintains her composure and still lacks personality. Cabin in the woods, cue spinner....slasher film.
Yes, the film turns into a slasher, with a slight twist that was a yawner. There are better low budget, no-name actor slasher films out there. The characters lacked humor and personality.The horror/terror factor was low.
Mandy Lane is a very popular girl. All the girls want to be friends with her, all the boys want to be more than friends. Mandy, however, seems oblivious to all the attention, preferring just to hang around with geeky friend Emmet. Whe she is invited to a pool party, she insists that Emmet comes along. However, things go horribly wrong when a prank by Emmet leads to a death. Nine months later and the two have drifted apart. Mandy has a new circle of friends, and against her mothers advice, she accepts an invitation to her friend Red's frat party, taking place at a deserted ranch. As Mandy and her group of five friends settle down to a weekend of drunken debauchery, it soon becomes clear that something is amiss down on the farm. One by one, the party of six are brutally murdered, and it seems that an uninvited guest has let their love for Mandy Lane turn to a dangerous obsession... This is a very competant, stylish slasher. It's an enjoyable watch and as other reviewers have mentioned, it is very much a throwback to the endless cycle of 80's slasher films, with the usual line up of promiscuous teens in peril. However, whilst it does superficially resemble those films, it does contain an ingenious twist at the end that was definately worth the wait. It's a twist that also raises many questions as to the motivations of the main protagonists. These questions are in the main left up to the audience to interpret. Where the film is a slight down for me, is that it hardly draws on the backgrounds of any of the characters. This inevitably does make it difficult for the viewer to really care about any of their fates. So, although it does work as a clinical slasher film, I was slightly dissapointed that there was so so little expostion as to what made the characters tick and their subsequent behaviours and motivations. Still, it all passes the time very painlessly, even if it did leave me with a slightly empty feeling as the end credits rolled. Very little worth mentioning in regard to extras on the disc. The main event a rather prefunctionary interview with lead actor Amber Heard. 3 out of 5 for the whole package.
All the Boys Love Mandy Lane doesn't bring anything exceptionally new to the genre, it is what it is: a really enjoyable, old school style slasher. The movie stands out thanks to its ending, which adds a disturbing twist. The film is low budget and works within this well by keeping things simple. Highly recommended.
Normally i'll be half an hour into watching a film and have guessed the ending but I couldn't have been more wrong with this one. It's not the most gory of horror films but it's entertaining and has a very clever story line with a completely unexpected twist towards the end. Personally i think its one of the best horror films i've seen in a while and would recommend giving it a watch.
This 2006 [released 2008 in the UK] American slasher film stars Amber Heard as Mandy Lane, who developed into a "hot chick" over the summer and suddenly got very popular with the boys who all want to "get with her" and all the girls want to be her. Mandy seems unsettled by all the attention and when the ‘popular’ crowd invite her to a pool party, she insists that geeky friend Emmet comes along. However, a prank goes tragically wrong and Emmet is blamed. Nine months later and the two have drifted apart as Mandy has joined the ‘popular’ kids, and she accepts an invitation to her friend Red's frat party, taking place at his fathers deserted ranch. As Mandy and her group of five friends settle down to a weekend of drunken debauchery fuelled by cocaine, pot, and booze, Mandy isn’t impressed by it all and remains somewhat aloof, preferring ranch hand Garth who is looking after the ranch. This is a very competent, stylish slasher in the style of ‘Friday the 13th’ and ‘Scream’. It's an enjoyable watch and is very much a throwback to the 80's slasher films, with the usual line up of promiscuous teens in peril getting killed off in various brutal ways by an unknown killer. However a few things distinguish this from others of its type, the first being that the first murder doesn't actually happen until over 30 minutes into the film, which helped set the scene, bumping up the tension and the story once things did start to kick in. The other is the ingenious twist at the end which also raises questions as to the motivations of the main protagonists, which are easy to figure, but not adequately explained [lose a *]. Compared to most films of the genre the killings tend to be standard fare and not over the top long drawn out gore fests, and many may not like the ‘slow’ start, so hard-core slasher fans may be disappointed. However, I still feel this is worth a solid **** rating just barely missing the top marks.
I picked up on this film after seeing a US TV interview on how Harvey Weinstein outbid everyone for the movie rights after seeing it at a festival screening and then had major issues in his organisation about how to market it given they do not normally touch horror films! So after nearly three years, the film was finally issued direct onto DVD which delay and treatment cannot have pleased any of the original cast and crew one suspects?
The film is not your normal "slasher" movie despite other reviews stating this and to win the Audience Award 2008 at the Sundance Film Festival indicates the film cannot be wholly all dire. Without giving the story away, the film has a pretty good script about teenagers and observations on their sexual and predatory attitudes with the killer being revealed pretty early on. The other enjoyable aspect is excellent cinematography (DoP Darren Genet) making full use of the rural landscape around Austin Texas where it was filmed and some high quality editing compared with the poor quality of most other low budget horror movies. The cast is mostly first timers but are not that bad overall given the shared group nature of such genre movies. Amber Heard in the lead role based on her excruciating interview included in the DVD, makes you realise how skilful her acting in the film actually is!
So overall not a classic but different enough to merit a viewing!