Movie review: 'All the Boys Love Mandy Lane' a dark, disgusting slasher flick

Published November 1, 2013 8:32 am

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The exploitation teen-slasher flick "All the Boys Love Mandy Lane" has been on the shelf since 2006, and it should have stayed there.

A pre-stardom Amber Heard plays Mandy, a good high-school girl who accepts an invitation to a weekend party at a classmate's remote ranch house. There, she demurely observes while the other five teens drink, snort drugs and make out, until a mysterious stalker starts killing the other teens one by one.

Director Jonathan Levine, who went on to actually good movies like "50/50" and "Warm Bodies," and screenwriter Jacob Forman stage a series of lurid and unimaginative death scenes that are more icky than scary — and the inevitable "twist" in the plot is easily spotted and unsettling in a creepy, soul-crushing way.

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'All the Boys Love Mandy Lane'

Opens Friday, Nov. 1, at the Tower Theatre; rated R for strong disturbing violence, pervasive drug and alcohol use, sexuality/nudity and language - all involving teens; 90 minutes.