‘Classic Horror’ Review – All The Boys Love Mandy Lane (2006)



All The Boys Love Mandy Lane
All the Boys Love Mandy lane is a 2006 slasher film starring Amber Heard (Magic Mike XXL, The Rum Diaries) and Anson Mount (Hell on Wheels, Visions) Released from StudioCanal UK in 2008 and from Anchor bay in 2013 in the USA.

Mandy Lane (Heard) is the most beautiful girl in her high school, though she does not know it, she is sweet and kind but has a past that haunts her. When she is invited to a farm ranch with some people from her school, all hoping for an attempt to get her into bed, things start getting very scary very fast when members of the group begin to disappear. Throughout the night the group gets smaller and smaller as a mysterious stranger picks them off one by one, is this an other of Mandy’s many admirers? Or just another psychopathic killer out for blood?

I am without a doubt most likely one of the biggest fans of this film. I first seen it way back on DVD in 2009 and since then I loved every second of it, and throughout the years I have watched it and still been shocked by the film.

It is one of those films with a very odd history. The film first appeared in festivals around 2006 – 2007 having a critically acclaimed screening at Fright fest in the UK in 2007. This then followed a brief cinema release and then a DVD and Blu-Ray release in 2008 from UK company Studio canal, at that point under the original name Optimum Releasing. The film was a must have by many countries such as the US and Canada, who would not see the films release tell many years after, despite the film being made in the USA.

The film eventually got its US release in 2013 after the director returned to the horror scene with his teen zombie thriller Warm Bodies.

The film is a masterpiece (in my opinion) of modern slasher cinema. I think it really re-vitilised  the genre and gave it and extra twist. Speaking of twists, to this day Mandy lane still has a twist that has every one talking about it ten years on!

I think it was the films shocking ending that gave it the cult status it deserved.

From start to finish the film is bloody and amazing! Amber Heard is fantastic as Mandy Lane, in a very early role as well. This was a role before, Never back Down and Zombieland. I still think this is one of her best.

I wanted to write this review to celebrate the films 10th anniversary and to just say to all horror fans who have yet to check this out to g see it. It is a one of a kind slasher with twists and turns and an ending that you do not see coming. It really is hard to believe that it was ten years ago. Although it has been nearly Nine years since its original screening at TIFF in 2007 is only 8 years old in the UK.

The film has a very awesome 70s style vibe to it. I really enjoyed that. It gave the film a sort of Texas Chainsaw Massacre feel to it, which is certainly not a bad thing.

The films plot, although done to death has a great pay off and for that I need to honour this film for being part of the reason why I love horror films and more so Slashers.

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First Class Slasher greatness

Ross Wilcock

Horror, Thriller | USA, 2006 | Studiocanal | Dir.Jonathan Levine | Amber Heard, Anson Mount, Whitney Able