Amber Heard, left, and Whitney Able star in the horror film 'All the Boys Love Mandy Lane.' (Occupant Films)
The history of “All the Boys Love Mandy Lane” is perhaps more interesting and bloody than the film itself.
Although it’s just now coming to theaters (and video on demand), this film was made in 2006. It was a hit at that year’s Toronto International Film Festival and became the object of a bidding war between studios. It was ultimately bought by the Weinstein Co. Weinstein sold it to Senator Entertainment, which promptly went out of business, and “Mandy” went into distribution limbo for years.
Meanwhile, its then first-time director, Jonathan Levine, developed a well-deserved name for himself with “The Wackness,” “50/50” and “Warm Bodies.” This year, Weinstein bought back the rights to “Mandy” and here it is.
What is it? Pretty much a cabin-in-the-woods slasher flick with some nice twists at the beginning and end. Slasher fans may appreciate it, although the gratuitous gore and nudity quotient is comparatively low. Everybody else, not so much.
Mandy Lane (a luscious Amber Heard) is a virginal high-schooler who goes off to a remote ranch to party with wilder kids. They are the classic mix — a jock (Luke Grimes), a stoner (Aaron Himelstein), a sensitive black guy (Edwin Hodge) and a couple of sexy airhead beauties (Whitney Able, Melissa Price).
Toss in a mysterious ranch hand (Anson Mount) and you have the basic set-up of dozens of films. All the guys are so focused on Mandy it’s awhile before anybody realizes people have gone missing. Then the bloody truth emerges and all heck breaks loose.
Sort of. Let’s just say Levine has fun with the genre, but he’s found more interesting movies to make since. “Mandy” isn’t quite dandy, but it’s a cut above average.
'All the Boys Love Mandy Lane'
Rated R for strong disturbing violence, pervasive drug and alcohol use, sexuality/nudity and language — all involving teens
Running time: 90 minutes