Mandy is an absolutely bonkers, psychedelic acid trip loaded with blood, violence, and raw nerve.
It's a tragic film—one where a man witnesses his beloved be burned alive by a religious cult. This action, of course, leaves him no other option than revenge. The brutality, though visually striking, is only a small portion of the movie's brilliance.
Directed by Panos Cosmatos—son of famed director George P. Cosmatos—Mandy delights in its 80s look and feel. It utilizes atmosphere, unique colors, and framing to build upon the disturbing world it forces upon us.
Mandy is unapologetically itself; and whether someone wants to be on that ride may depend on their tastes. This can be a hard watch and not just because of Nicolas Cage's Red slowly losing his mind or having to witness him scream into the void of agony.
There are visuals here that will stick with you long after the credits roll. This may be a niche, genre movie, but it is one that transcends that characterization. Critics loved it. With 250 reviews, it's a Certified Fresh 90%. And despite not grossing very much ($1.4 million) during its limited theatrical run, it is wholly deserving of its cult status.