Just a few weeks ago, horror streaming service, Shudder, announced that it had earned the exclusive streaming rights to Panos Cosmatos’ newest film, Mandy. The release date has been pending, until now. Today, Shudder tweeted that Mandy is coming to the site on November 29th.
When Shudder first announced they had acquired exclusive streaming rights, general manager, Craig Engler, said in a press release:
“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, and almost instantly gained a following, particularly due to 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.
If you’ve heard of Mandy then you’ve heard about Nicolas Cage’s absolutely unhinged-yet-spectacular performance. Paired with the ethereal Andrea Riseborough as Mandy, this isn’t just a film for wacky visuals; it’s one for epic performances.
The film follows Red (Cage) and his girlfriend, Mandy (Riseborough), who live a secluded, yet happy, life in the woods. However, this tranquil way of life is violently interrupted when a cult 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 the site’s review of Mandy, 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.
November 29 is coming quick and just in time for the holidays. Nothing says holiday celebration like gathering the family around the TV and watching Nicolas Cage wreck some cultist. Have you seen Mandy yet? Are you excited for it to hit Shudder? Let us know on Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, and in the Horror Fiends of Nightmare on Film Street Facebook group!