What. the. Hell.  was. this???

I’m trying to wrap my head around what I just watched.  I’m not sure I want to wrap my head around it.

It is certainly a horror/revenge flick.  But it was so out there that what I saw for most of the movie was so weird… it is difficult to really judge it.

One thing is for sure.  The only actor that could be in this movie and not be completely campy is Nicolas Cage (or maybe Bruce Campbell).  This role is just perfect for Nicolas Cage and his unbelievably over-acting, filled with moments of bulging eyes and bizarre facial features.

And… holy crap… there be violence here.

Red Miller (Nicolas Cage) and Mandy Bloom (Andrea Riseborough) are in love and are existing in what some may say as a heavenly existence.  When a vicious cult, led by sadistic Jeremiah Sand (Linus Roache) comes into the picture, the perfect couple is forever destroyed, sending Red on a bloody trip of vengeance.

I think you have to be in the right mind set to watch Mandy.  It comes off as a violent dream, one that you cannot awaken from.  There may be a perverse enjoyment in watching Red cut through these cultists that infused themselves into their lives, but there is also a feeling of grossness here.  Does the film go too far?  Hard to say.

I have never been much of a fan of the torture horror porn style of film and this feels as if it fits into that more than any other.  I do believe there are metaphors and symbols sprinkled throughout the film that give it more of a message or weight that might be seen easier upon a second viewing once I am used to what is happening on the screen.  However, I am pretty sure that a second viewing is not happening.

The soundtrack is pounding and cannot be ignored.  Each shot has a weird color scheme to it, leaning heavily on the blood red.

Perhaps the fact that I am disturbed by the film is the real point to it.

3.1 stars

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