All the Boys Love Mandy Lane Watching All the Boys Love Mandy Lane , you might think: Gee, Amber Heard is aging really well. But the 27-year-old actress doesn't have some… All the Boys Love Mandy Lane Watching All the Boys Love Mandy Lane , you might think: Gee, Amber Heard is aging really well. But the 27-year-old actress doesn't have some… 2013-10-11 R PT90M Horror Amber Heard Anson Mount RADiUS-TWC
Movie Review

All The Boys Love Mandy Lane (2013)

MPAA Rating: R
THE HILLS ARE ALIVE WITH THE SOUND OF SCREAMING Amber Heard stars in this long-shelved horror piece
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THE HILLS ARE ALIVE WITH THE SOUND OF SCREAMING Amber Heard stars in this long-shelved horror piece
EW's GRADE
C

Details Limited Release: Oct 11, 2013; Rated: R; Length: 90 Minutes; Genre: Horror; With: Amber Heard and Anson Mount; Distributor: RADiUS-TWC

Watching All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, you might think: Gee, Amber Heard is aging really well. But the 27-year-old actress doesn't have some arcane beauty secret up her sleeve; this slice-and-dice teen body-count flick was actually shot seven years ago. Thanks to a bum-luck string of distribution woes, Mandy Lane has collected a thick coating of dust since then — and, not surprisingly, a bit of a cult following. After all, if horror aficionados couldn't see it, it had to be good, right? Wrong. Heard is the untouchable It Girl of the title — a sun-kissed blonde who seems to walk in slow motion down the hallways of her Texas high school while the jocks and stoners stand slack-jawed, drooling like a pack of horny wolves. At first, she doesn't give them the time of day. But after some arm twisting, she's persuaded to join a group of dim-bulb classmates for a weekend blowout at a remote cattle ranch. As the leering boys attempt their fumbling passes, Mandy grows more interested in the brooding ranch hand (Anson Mount), who seems a bit on-the-nose as a suspect once the kids start to get picked off in grisly but ineptly shot fashion. Directed by Jonathan Levine (50/50, Warm Bodies), Mandy Lane does eventually build to a whiplash twist ending, but it's too little, too late — much like the film itself. Here's a case where the backstory is more interesting than the movie. (Now available on VOD) C

Originally posted Sep 04, 2013 Published in issue #1276 Sep 13, 2013 Order article reprints