All the Boys Love Mandy Lane

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All the Boys Love Mandy Lane is a Slasher Movie-cum-Thriller that was made in 2006 and released in Britain in 2008, but did not see release in the United States until 2013 -- and then only in a small number of theatres plus video-on-demand.

Mandy Lane is the most beautiful girl in her school, and all of her male classmates want to sleep with her, even though all indications are that she wants nothing to do with them. One of her classmates, an arrogant football player named Dylan, goes so far as to try to jump off the roof of a house into a swimming pool in order to win her love. Dylan winds up banging his head on the side of the pool and killing himself. Fast forward nine months, where Red, the Big Man on Campus, is throwing a party at his parents' ranch, and all the cool kids are invited... especially Mandy. Unfortunately for the partygoers, somebody has come to the ranch uninvited, and he has his sights set on winning the heart of the beautiful Mandy Lane... no matter who gets in his way.

A simple enough plot, done to near-perfection. This film was widely praised by horror fans for its Reconstruction of the slasher genre, bringing it back down to Earth and incorporating both the grit of 1980s slashers and all the lessons of Scream's Post Modernism without trying to imitate it like so many other teen horror movies. It was hoped that this would be the film that would revitalize an American horror scene that was growing stale on remakes and gratuitous violence... and those hopes slowly started to slip away as the film's U.S. distribution fell into a tangled mess.


Tropes used in All the Boys Love Mandy Lane include:

Chloe: Marlin, don't get me wrong, but you're all pudge. That thing [her new belly button piercing]'s gonna get lost in the folds.
Marlin: I'm not fat.

  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Mandy gives off these vibes at the beginning of the film...
  • Jerk Jock: Dylan.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: If you live in America, at least.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Mandy, of course. Chloe as well.
  • Outlaw Couple: Emmet and Mandy.
  • Reality Subtext: See the bits regarding the Les Yay and Mandy's ambiguous sexuality? Now throw on the fact that Amber Heard, the actress who plays Mandy, has come out of the closet.
  • Reconstruction: Of the Slasher Movie.
  • The Scourge of God: Smoking weed, snorting ground-up ADD medicine stolen from younger siblings, stealing kegs of beer out of a truck parked at a gas station while the owner is standing feet away... and that's just the first twenty minutes.
  • Short Run in Peru: The film was released in Britain in 2008... and took another five years just to get released to a handful of theatres in the United States.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: The radio in Chloe's car plays Latin pop music as Emmet chases down Chloe with it.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Double subverted with Emmet.
  • Suicide Pact: Emmet and Mandy had one, in which they would kill a number of their classmates and then themselves in order to get themselves immortalized in pop culture. However, Mandy backs out at the last minute.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Red and Chloe, you just had to stop and kiss before you reached the car, didn't you?
  • Troperiffic: The film assumes that the viewer knows all the cliches of slasher movies and proceeds to play them all completely straight. And then subverts them all to hell in the last ten minutes.
  • Twist Ending: Mandy was in on the whole thing, as part of a Suicide Pact with Emmet.
    • And a second twist: Mandy backs out of the pact at the last minute, causing Emmet to come after her.
  • The Voiceless: Played straight, then subverted. The killer doesn't speak while killing Marlin and Jake, but once his identity is revealed halfway through, he becomes far more talkative, frequently taunting his victims before killing them.
  • Wild Teen Party: Even with only six people (one of whom isn't partaking in the debauchery), Red's party rather quickly turns into this.