All The Boys Love Mandy Lane
Mandy Lane is a every high school boy’s dream – a shy teen who has finally blossomed but doesn’t seem to know it yet. She is a young woman who developed over the course of the summer and all the boys are noticing, to the chagrin of her best friend, another boy with the hots for Mandy Lane. As hard as the boys throw themselves at her though, Mandy rebuffs them, seemingly disinterested in dating altogether. Months after one of Mandy’s suitors dies during a stunt to impress her, she has become the prize of the high school – a beautiful virgin who won’t go out with anyone. When one of the guy’s talks Mandy into spending a weekend out at his family’s ranch with he and his friends it appears that Mandy is finally ready to loosen up and the game is afoot to see who can be the first to bed her. What no one knows though is that someone has followed them to the ranch, someone obsessed with Mandy, and who won’t take ‘no’ for an answer.
MANDY LANE is a pretty decent slasher film with a couple nasty kills and some very good suspense. It is interesting that the film begins like your average teen sex comedy but which takes a dark turn and stays dark from there on. The acting is good, the horror is good, and the film doesn’t take a cheesy turn. I have to admit that the resolution is the weakest part of the film, and that’s for a couple reasons – my own wish for a different ending, or for at least one that took things one step into a different direction. None of that is to say this is a bad film at all. The drinking/drugging part of the film is pretty heavy handed, I have to admit but it never gets to the point of becoming parody. This is a nasty little thriller that horror could use more of these days. Not perfect, but a decent movie that will hopefully see the light of days sooner rather than later.
7 out of 10