There have been hints, rumors, and allegations about Panos Cosmatos’ follow-up to his hyper-stylized and strangely beautiful Beyond The Black Rainbow for some time now. Nicholas Cage…satanic cult…revenge thriller…extremely violent…1983…all of those things had me hooked from the get go. Panos achieved so much with so little in Rainbow. It was a tour-de-force of style over substance. The film was loosely a knock on new age-y self help and the self-righteous gurus that went along with all that jazz in the late 60s and early 70s. There was just enough narrative there that allowed Panos Cosmatos and his cast to give us a technicolor freak show of the highest order. Along with Sinoia Caves’ incredible soundtrack, set design, and cinematography, Beyond The Black Rainbow was the weird, stylized sci fi nightmare we didn’t deserve to lay our eyes upon.
Yesterday the trailer premiered for that follow-up. The film is called Mandy and the trailer comes thru on the promise of all the buzz that’s been surrounding this film since its premiere at Cannes.
It does indeed star Nicholas Cage as lumberjack Red, as well as Christoper Nolan’s Dr. Thomas Wayne, Linus Roach. The titular role of Mandy is played by Andrea Risenborough. It also stars Bill Duke, Richard Brake, Ned Dennehy, Line Pillet, and a bunch of other fine actors I’m not familiar with. There’s a giant ax and a giant chainsaw, lots of blood(quite a bit of it on Nicholas Cage’s face), an ominous score by the late Johann Johannsson(his final complete score), and what appears to be a post-apocalyptic 1983 lit by Dario Argento.
In other words, this looks like it could be the best film of the year.
The story is that Red and Mandy live together peacefully in this post-apocalyptic 1983. Mandy becomes the object of desire of cult leader Jeremiah Sand(Linus Roach.) He summons three demons(cenobites?) from Hell to bring her to him. Things get weird from there.
The first half is a druggy, dreamy build up to the second half which becomes Red’s descent into madness and exquisite bloody revenge. From the trailer we get that this is yet another heavily stylized film that pulls inspiration from many places, but those influences are put through Panos Cosmatos’ unique lens and what we get is a dark, doomy fairy tale that layers itself in blood reds, desolate blues, and lots and lots of blood.
Check out the trailer below and get ready for September 14, which is the official release date for Mandy.