All the Boys Love Mandy Lane is one of those mythical films that could only succeed in the horror genre. After a huge premiere at the 2006 Toronto Film Festival, Mandy Lane was one of the most buzzed-about films of the year. And the next year. And the next year. And yet it has never seen a Stateside release of any kind. Until now.
Directed by Jonathan Levine (whose surprise hit Warm Bodies no doubt made Mandy Lane far more appealing) the film starred Amber Heard (The Ward, Drive Angry) as "good girl" Mandy Lane, who is invited to an end-of-summer party where partygoers mysteriously drop one by one. The flick, produced for $600,000 and bought at auction following the Toronto screening for $3.5 million by the Weinstein Company, has languished on the studio shelves for nearly a decade due to a wide variety of studio problems and indecision. At one point TWC sold the property to a German distribution company who went under before they could get Mandy Lane to theaters.
The Weinstein Company's new multi-platform division, Radius-TWC, has finally secured the rights and is planning a strong release, including VOD and theatrical releases in the "top 50 markets." There is no release date as of yet, so I am not getting my hopes up. After all, the original deal promised a release on 800 screens. That never happened.