HorrorFest Movie: Mandy (2018)

All the spoilers all the time.  You have been warned!

My Thoughts While Watching:

I am so confused.

Still confused.

Gnarly psychos

“You called out to me. Violently.”

I’m still confused.

The psychotic drowns where the mystic swims.

Some Interviews and Extra Video:


IMDB Synopsis: <Insert IMDB for movie>


Nicolas Cage  Nicolas Cage Red Miller
Andrea Riseborough  Andrea Riseborough Mandy Bloom
Linus Roache  Linus Roache Jeremiah Sand
Ned Dennehy  Ned Dennehy Brother Swan
Olwen Fouéré  Olwen Fouéré Mother Marlene
Richard Brake  Richard Brake The Chemist
Bill Duke  Bill Duke Caruthers

Director: Panos Cosmatos 


My ranking scores –

0-19 Levels of: Ugh

20-39 Levels of: Meh (aka I cannot reach the remote)

40-59 Levels of: I don’t hate it?

60-85 Levels of: That was solid.

86-100 Levels of: I Loved It!

I rank this movie a 16.24!



Additional Movie Info:

It received a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 91% Fresh.  It received a Rotten Tomato audience rating of 67% liking it.  Average Rating: 6.6/5 with a number of User Ratings: 3,201.

Movie Reviews:

Specs:  Release date: 14 September 2018 (USA) / Runtime: 121 minutes / Budget: $6M

IMDB Trivia:

  • Towards the end of the film, Red tells the cult leader that the psychotic drowns where the mystic swims. This is a variation of a quote by mythologist, Joseph Campbell: “The psychotic drowns in the same waters in which the mystic swims with delight.” (Joseph Campbell, “Psychology of the Future: Lessons from Modern Consciousness Research”). Meaning, that there’s a fine line between psychosis and spirituality.
  • The Cheddar Goblin commercial was directed by Chris ‘Casper’ Kelly, who directed the Adult Swim short Too Many Cooks (2014).
  • The weapon forged by Red was a homage to legendary metal band Celtic Frost’s logo.
  • The book Mandy reads early on during the film, “Seeker of the Serpent’s Kiss”, it’s a prop, a fake book. It is actually the name of the musical composition playing during that scene and it is by the film’s composer, Jóhann Jóhannsson.
  • Director’s Trademark: “Panaflares,” the process of aiming small LED lights into the barrel of the lens to “soften” and make the frame look “milky.”
  • The film’s opening song “Starless” by King Crimson originally appeared on their 1974 album “Red,” also the name of Nicolas Cage’s character.
  • There are several similarities between Jeremiah Sand and real-life cult leader Charles Manson. Like Sand, Manson was also a failed musician who reportedly took it very personally when his musicianship was insulted. Sand refers to his victims as “pigs,” as did Manson and his followers. Psychedelic drugs were also used before acts of violence.
  • The song Jeremiah Sand plays in the scene where he tries to seduce Mandy is called “Amulet of the Weeping Maze” and was actually released in real life on the music site Bandcamp, becoming a “best-seller” on the site shortly after the film came out. Also on the single is a 17-minute track in the style of an interview called “My Journey” which details Sand’s life and his views on the world and God.
  • The first fan-owned entertainment company, Legion M, helped co-produce the film and the Jóhann Jóhannsson soundtrack.
  • The number 44 on Red’s shirt is likely a reference to Mark Twain’s unfinished novel The Mysterious Stranger where a supernatural character called “No. 44” appears and uses his supernatural powers to expose the futility of mankind’s existence.
  • You can see Cheddar Goblin Macaroni boxes in Caruthers’ trailer when Red goes to get the bow.
  • Red jokes that his favorite planet is Galactus, the villainous planet eater from Marvel Comics. Nicolas Cage is a noted comic fan. When he changed his name he took it from Marvel Comics hero Luke Cage and has played three separate Marvel heroes across four films.

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