All The Boys Love Mandy Lane.

Posted: February 11, 2012 in SeeYouNextWednesday Reviews

This film was a film that I was never too keen on watching because I’d researched it before actually watching it. It didn’t put me off it because it sounded bad or anything, it put me off it because of the gore and the violence in it and at that point in time, I wasn’t a fan of gore. I’ll get to that all later.

Film poster for All the Boys Love Mandy Lane -...

All The Boys Love Mandy Lane is a film that follows quite a well known story, of a girl growing suddenly ‘hot’ over a summer and everyone wants her, ‘A group of high-schoolers invite Mandy Lane, a good girl who became quite hot over the summer, to a weekend party on a secluded ranch. While the festivities rage on, the number of revelers begins to drop quite mysteriously.’. Although most films who follow this story are normally comedies, happy and turn out happy, they also normally keep to a bright genre, such as the girl wanting a guy but can’t have him and her best friend, who’s normally a guy, is in love with her. During it there is normally a scene with some crying, a realisation and then her getting together with the right guy, I don’t mind these movies, you do get some good ones, but obviously they are the wrong genre for this! All The Boys Love Mandy Lane follows this story in that Mandy Lane comes back after summer, grown and hot, leading to every guy wanting her and every girl either jealous or wanting to be friends with her. This starts off the story until disaster strikes when Mandy’s best friend Emmet bets the school jock that he can’t jump into his swimming pool off his roof at a party. The guy manages to reach the pool but hits his head and dies, all because Emmet didn’t like him and didn’t want him liking Mandy, she never talks to him again after that and agrees to join some of the popular kids from school at a ranch.

Mandy thought that cutting Emmet out of her life would make it fine after the accident but she has no idea what is about to happen at the ranch, and all because of jealousy. Reaching the ranch, the ranch that in the light actually looks nice unlike the normal horror movie settings, it starts off smoothly and Mandy even shares a non-pervy moment with one of the guys, not knowing about the bet between them of who can bed her first. During the day, it all seems nice and you almost forget what the film is about, everyone messing around, the girls laughing and the guys perving over Mandy in her underwear, as normal horny teenagers in these film seem to do. As night falls, it takes a turn for the worse as you soon learn that there is one person out there who would do ANYTHING to have Mandy for themselves.

As I said I would, I’m going back to the gore and violence in All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, it’s definitely not the worse that I’ve ever seen but some are awfully pulled out and detailed. One that stands out in my mind is of one of the girls who wanders off on her own and is found by the killer, her end did not come quickly or nicely as a gun was shoved down her throat and her jaw broken with it as she gurgled for air. This scene is long and you see and hear the entire thing, which is very uncomfortable and this was the scene that put me off it in the first place. Another ‘victim’ is killed by having his eyes sliced and then is killed fully which, again, is detailed. The gore in this movie is not over the top, it is quite original, such as these killings but it has a slight unrealistic touch to it, as the entire story does not seem fully realistic. It does not seem like this could all happen, even if it could, you also don’t feel for the characters as much as they seem like the normal teens out of horrors who go away, get drunk, have sex and just walk into trouble. Saying that, I did feel for the poor guys, well the nice ones, who didn’t mean any harm and were killed. The girls on the other hand were annoying.

I did enjoy All The Boys Love Mandy Lane, it’s different, it uses a story that has been used before quite a lot but with a dark twist and I thought it was done very well. Some of the characters were annoying, the normal stereotypical horror teens, but I loved the ending. The twist wasn’t that difficult to work out if you’d thought a lot about it, and the climax was pulled out for may be too long but I thought right at the end, was brilliant. How they ended it and with the twist was brilliant, the music was perfect. Song shouldn’t have matched but it does, it works amazingly, ‘Sealed With a Kiss’.


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