There are things that many of us don’t realize we need in our lives until we’re told that it exists, like Mandy, a revenge blood-fest film starring Nicolas Cage. Well, specifically a chainsaw-wielding Nicolas Cage.
For our US readers who are interested in this insanely awesome concept, it’s important to note that Bloody Disgusting has reported RLJE Films has acquired the US rights to Mandy. A theatrical release date is scheduled for this summer.
Directed by Panos Cosmatos (Beyond the Black Rainbow), the film stars the aforementioned Nicholas Cage, Andrea Riseborough (Waco, Black Mirror), Linus Roache (Law & Order, Vikings), Bill Duke (Commando, Predator), and Richard Brake (Doom, 31).
Mandy‘s plot summary is as follows:
“Mandy is set in the primal wilderness of 1983 where Red Miller, a broken and haunted man hunts an unhinged religious sect who slaughtered the love of his life.”
Cage’s role in Mandy sounds notably similar to his role in Kick-Ass as “Big Daddy,” a former officer whose wife was killed by an organized crime syndicate, and begins killing the criminals as a masked vigilante (with his daughter at his side). The performance Cage gave for Big Daddy was terrific, and his return to a familiar role in an action-horror title (accompanied with chainsaw massacring) sounds more than promising!
Concerning the film’s critical acclaim and worth, Mandy maintains a Metacritic score of 81, and a Rotten Tomatoes critic score of 100%, along with an audience score of 92%!
The team behind Mandy includes producers Daniel Noah, Josh C. Waller and Elijah Wood for SpectreVision, Nate Bolotin for XYZ, and Adrian Politowski for Umedia. The film is executive produced by Nick Spicer, Lisa Whalen, Todd Brown, Martin Metz, Peter Bevan, Christopher Figg, and Robert Whitehouse, with Umedia and Piccadilly Pictures financing.
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