Mandy (2018)

 

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Panos Cosmatos directs Nicolas Cage, Andrea Riseborough and Linus Roache in this horror revenge stomper about a lumberjack hunting down the demonic cult who made moves on his wife. 

Every frame is a heavy metal album cover come to life. We get some of the most nightmarishly diabolical monster design since Clive Barker’s Hellraiser heyday. We get a no hold barred Cage performance, forging axes or swigging gallons of vodka in his tighty whities. He is to genre cinema what Olivier was to Shakespeare. We get Cheddar Goblin. Because Cosmatos loves himself some ominous, creepy slow build but he thrills in deflating his tension a burst at just the right moment with a gooey gross out punchline. “It didn’t make any sense. There were bikers, and gnarly psychos, and… CRAZY EVIL!”

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