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It was labelled the ‘midnight-iest’ of midnight films at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. It promised Nicolas Cage in full beast mode surrounded by dream fugues, animation, psychedelia and demonic symbolism and it delivers on those promises and more.

In his remarkable follow-up to cult hit Beyond the Black Rainbow, Panos Cosmatos gleefully demonstrates an audacious command of tone and atmosphere, conjuring an ethereal treat for the senses that begs to be seen on the big screen. When Red Miller (Cage) meets Mandy (Andrea Riseborough) he instantly falls in love — but  unfortunately, so does Jeremiah (Linus Roache). And when this telekinetic bikie messiah tasks his dedicated followers with kidnapping Mandy, Red is spurred into frenzied action as he seeks retribution against the Children of the New Dawn. Awash in a salacious sea of gloriously unhinged performances, carnage, lumberjack skills, and general sights and sounds, Cosmatos grinds up beloved genre tropes into a fine pulp and sculpts them into something altogether otherworldly and unforgettable.

Screenings: Sundance 2018, MIFF 2018
Dir. Panos Cosmatos / USA / Horror / 2018 / 121mins / NSW Premiere

"As if its sole goal was to take the heavyweight title of Nicolas Cage’s Craziest Movie Ever, Mandy exhibits what Shakespeare called ‘vaulting ambition’ in producing the nuttiest ways for Cage to get into one phantasmagorical showdown after the next."

"Over two gonzo hours, it combines giallo, Clive Barker, Death Wish, prog rock, heavy metal, Heavy Metal, Guy Maddin, Mad Max, the duelling-chainsaw climax of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Nicolas Roeg, and Nicolas Cage at his most bugging-out unhinged."

The AV Club
07:00 Pm dOORS OPEN
SUNDAY 16th September