While Panos Cosmatos doesn’t have the longest list of credits to his name, the couple that he has have caused quite a stir. His directorial debut Beyond the Black Rainbow is a weirdly great Sci-Fi thriller–which feels wonderfully 80s, but that film was made 8 years ago. What has he been up to in the meantime? Mandy, his second film, has received incredibly rave reviews from both critics AND fans! We’ve patiently been waiting for the trailer to drop…and it’s finally time. Behold the truly beautiful trailer for Mandy, above.
Nicolas Cage (Face/Off, Mom and Dad, Kick-Ass) has been on a roll over the past few years, in many direct-to-video movies, which can either be perceived as good or bad…but that’s a moot point. In Mandy Cage plays Red, a damaged man who lives deep in the woods. Red falls for our title character Mandy, Andrea Riseborough (Birdman, Battle of the Sexes, Oblivion, Waco). Mandy is slain by a religious cult, who just happened to summon some pretty badass supernatural creeps. Red’s new goal in life? Brutally hunt down every last wicked motorcycle riding creature involved in her death with terrifying hand-forged weapons. This trailer is full of beautifully haunting shots, with a giallo-esque color scheme that seems very inspired by horror god Dario Argento. Overall we can tell that Mandy is going to be an extremely stylized tour de force full of carnage and mayhem.
The supporting cast of Mandy is solid as well! It costars Linus Roache (The Chronicles of Riddick, Vikings), Bill Duke (Predator, Commando, Action Jackson) and the Richard Brake (31, Halloween II, Hannibal Rising).
While we only get roughly two and a half minutes of the score, we can already tell it is going to be masterfully crafted, and *possibly* one of the best scores for a horror film. This film is one of the final scores of Jóhann Jóhannsson who composed the scores of many great films like Prisoners (2013), Sicario (2015), Arrival (2016), and the Oscar nominated score for James Marsh’s The Theory of Everything (2014).
Something that must be stated about this film is the main production company behind this feature: SpectreVision (AWESOME!!). SpectreVision has produced some truly wonderful films like their horror/comedy Cooties (2014) about feral zombie children, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014), which is a fantastic Iranian vampire film, and The Boy (2015) a chilling tale about a young boy’s journey to becoming a sociopath. All of SpectreVision’s films are great in one way or another, and based on the trailer (and the reviews) it seems Mandy will join their hall of fame.
We have seen the “cosmic darkness,” and now we must wait until September 14th for the release. Can you wait until then?