Chances are that even if you love director Jonathan Levine (50/50, Warm Bodies), you have never seen his directorial debut All The Boys Love Mandy Lane. This is ecause the low-budget horror film, which was filmed and screened at the Toronto Film Festival in 2006, never got a release after being bounced back and forth between production companies. No one wanted to wide release the film, and back in 2006 there was no such thing as movies releasing to instant streaming or video on demand like Bachelorette did earlier this year. Now, seven years later, audiences are finally getting a chance to see Mandy Lane. While it is definitely not Levine's best work, it is a quirky little movie you should check out if you like the genre.
Because of the low budget, Mandy Lane has a very 90s slasher flick feel to it. However, instead of most of the film being the demise of all of the characters, Levine chose to spend more time developing their story before delving into the terror. This makes the movie pretty slow for the most part and it feels longer than its quick 90 minute run. It is enjoyable to watch, but it is nothing special. You have everything figured out. From the moment that the group starts to be terrorized, the audience knows exactly who is behind it and why.
Or do they? All The Boys Love Mandy Lane really picks up in the last few scenes of the film. It completely knocks you off your feet, which is exactly what you want a good twist to do. Your mouth is left agape, but only momentarily as the final moments of the film seem lackluster again.
While All The Boys Love Mandy Lane may not be the best horror film you have ever seen, it definitely has some strangely intriguing twists to it. It also does justice to the genre. It will be hard to find in theatres, but it is definitely worth a look once it becomes available on demand. After all, you waited seven years for it.