Hey, remember director Jonathan Levine’s “Warm Bodies“? Well, that wasn’t his first foray into (quirky) horror–that honor goes to the little-seen-in-the-U.S. “All the Boys Love Mandy Lane,” his 2006 Texas-set slasher which has been trapped in a kind of horrible limbo since its festival debut back in 2006. Now, after 7 years, original rights holders The Weinstein Company, are deigning to release Levine’s film theatrically sometime later this summer.
“Mandy Lane” stars “The Ward” and “Drive Angry” star Amber Heard as the title character who brings all the boys to her yard etc., etc. after returning home from college. Unfortunately, all of her would-be suitors end up dying left and right in Levine’s murder movie.
It’s not an especially complicated story why “Mandy Lane” never got a theatrical release here in the U.S. (a 2008 DVD has been available in the EU through Optimum Entertainment): the Weinstein Company via their Dimension Films label, simply got cold feet at a time when the expensive failure of “Grindhouse” really hurt them. Cutting their losses in the horror game somewhat, TWC sold “All the Boys Love Mandy Lane” to Senator Entertainment who promptly went broke, leaving the film in limbo.
Cue the Weinsteins attempting to get the movie back after the complicated tangle of extricating it from Senator’s financial mess.
While TWC hasn’t announced an official release date, they promise the film will be out sometime in late summer through their Radius label.