Panos Cosmatos’s Mandy is what you would get if you crossed Straw Dogs with Hellraiser, co-directed by Tarkovsky & Jodorowsky. Do you think Clive Barker saw this and said “hey, that’s my thing”?
It’s also the rare movie where Nicolas Cage’s customarily crazed mania is juuuuuust right for the material. Whereas hisâ€¦ performative performance (shall we say) was hilariously incongruous for Neil LaBute’s 2006 Wicker Man remake, here he is uniquely perfect for the part of a haunted recluse who loses his hard-won love and descends deeper and deeper into a phantasmagoric hell to enact his vengeance.
Thought experiment: at which point in the plot was calling 911 no longer a viable option? Don’t do drugs, kids.