Panos Cosmatos’ Mandy is a cult classic in the making. Imbued with surreal imagery and riveting performances from the cast, this thriller envelops the viewer in a cosmic nightmare, properly positioning them to endure a terrifying scenario in a fresh way.
Taking place amid a forested area around California’s Shadow Mountains, Mandy’s protagonists were afforded a simple life; Red Miller (Nicolas Cage) worked at a saw mill while his girlfriend, Mandy Bloom (Andrea Riseborough), was a cashier at a small convenience store. They took things slow. Some light reading in the afternoon, dinner and a movie at night. They seemed content, despite the unnerving atmosphere that loomed over the mountain side. Nothing bad had happened. Yet, it was apparent that something wasn’t quite right. Especially with Mandy. Her awkward conversations and eerie glances perpetuated this feeling. The tension continued to mount, only offering a brief reprieve after Mandy encounters an unsavory group while walking to her store.