In September 2006, Jonathan Levine‘s All the Boys Love Mandy Lane was part of the Toronto International Film Festival’s Midnight Madness slate alongside Bong Joon-ho’s The Host and Borat. Shortly thereafter it made the festival rounds, picking up some love and a distribution deal with Dimension Films. Then, nothing.
It became a bit of an urban legend, taunting American horror audiences who wanted the Amber Heard-starring slasher roots flick to play near them. It screened in the UK in 2008, and those in the know took advantage of the Blu-ray import which propelled it toward moderate financial success. Then, nothing.
In the meantime, Levine secured praise for The Wackness and went on to make the cancer comedy 50/50, and Heard broke out with Never Back Down and Pineapple Expresses, going on to a steady, eclectic career. Then, nothing. Until now.
According to a press release from The Weinstein Company’s Radius outlet, Mandy Lane will (finally) hit VOD September 6th and theaters October 11th. Unless this is a Lucy-with-the-football situation, that means Levine will randomly have two films released this year (after the excellent zombie valentie Warm Bodies).
The other ironic linchpin is executive producer Keith Calder (who, full disclosure style, I know personally). His long-delayed Lane will be on VOD just two weeks after another of his delayed, highly anticipated slasher movies, You’re Next, sees theaters. So after all those years, there’s a lot of delayed gratification happening all that once for a handful of filmmakers.
Not to mention horror fans.
Here’s the trailer they made a million years ago for the UK release: