Panos Cosmatos’ newest film, Mandy, has taken the horror community by storm. Featuring an off-the-wall performance from an unhinged Nicolas Cage, this film is a cinematic acid trip through hell. And AMC’s horror streaming service Shudder has acquired exclusive streaming rights for this hellish trip.
In a press release issued by AMC, Shudder’s general manager, Craig Engler, said:
“We were blown away by Mandy at Sundance and immediately knew we had to get this mind-bending masterpiece, which features an absolutely astonishing performance by Nicolas Cage, exclusively for Shudder members. We can’t wait for our members to see it.”
Mandy hit select theatres and VOD in September, gaining a cult following and an affinity for a certain cheddar goblin. The film is the latest from Cosmatos who is known for his distinctly psychedelic style, seen also in Beyond the Black Rainbow.
The film follows Red (Nicolas Cage) and his girlfriend, Mandy (Andrea Riseborough), who live a secluded, yet happy, life in the woods. However, this tranquil way of life is violently interrupted by a deranged hippie cult. The cult’s leader, Jeremiah Sand (Linus Roache), sees Mandy and decides that he needs to add her to his collection. This sends Red into a cocaine-and-LSD-fueled revenge spree with the help of his badass, hand-forged axe.
In Nightmare on Film Street’s review of the film, Chris Aitkens said:
“Director Panos Cosmatos has produced his best work yet. He cleverly uses scarlet red light, fog and darkness to paint his vision. Between chaotic, acid-fueled nightmares, Mandy makes appearances through dreamlike sequences, similar in style to the cult-classic, Heavy Metal. The final cherry on top is the score provided by the late Jóhann Jóhannsson, an amalgamation of synthwave and doom metal. Mandy will stimulate your most primal desires, no drugs required. Mandy is drugs. Mandy is sensory overload.”
You can read the full review here.
This film is truly wild ride, and Shudder is bringing this ride to its members. While a release date hasn’t been specified yet, Shudder tweeted it will be coming to the service soon.