Posted by Peter Hall - April 10th 2008 @ 3:33 pm

The perpetual delay of slasher revival pic ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE is getting recockulous. Jonathan Levine’s film first played to wide approval way back in September of 2006 at the Toronto Film Festival. It’ll be pushing two full years before it ever sees the public light of day in the US of A. It has gotten the release date shuffle countless times already, before settling on what everyone believed to be an April ’08 release. Senator Film has once again pulled the flick, citing perhaps a release in August. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that an August or September release will hold only because MANDY LANE herself, actress Amber Heard, is the lead femme in guaranteed Apatow Productions box-office hit PINEAPPLE EXPRESS.

That is great news indeed, but you know what? Fuck Senator International. They have sat on this flick far too long. I’ll not reward their cowardice at the box office, even if the flick charms my frozen heart the way I think it will. Instead I will gladly slide my cash over to Optimum Home Entertainment for the July 14th Region 2 DVD thanks to, even if the disc’s cover sports the dreadful slug, “The OC meets FRIDAY THE 13TH”. I am sick of US distributors not having the balls to back their acquisitions.

I’m one of the few who give the outfit the credit they deserve, but at least when AFTER DARK FILMS buys something, they make good on releasing it in a timely matter (case and point FRONTIERE(S) uncut on May 9th) .  I’m tired of the Weinsteins of the world gobbling up smaller properties with no intention of release until the capitalistic planets align just right to pull in a budget rebounding opening weekend.  I know votes cast with my dollar aren’t going to mean a thing. I know there is not going to be a groundswell of US pre-orders for a UK DVD of ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE. I’m not foolish, but I am fed up with this bullshit.

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  1. Will Goss
    April 10th, 2008 | 4:48 pm | #1

    It is pretty weak sauce. Barely missed it at SXSW ’07, and then barely missed it at a scrapped press screening the morning they decided it was now Senator’s problem.

    Although, in all fairness, it’s by no means a GREAT film (I have seen it now). Some would argue it’s not even a good one. But if you’re gonna dump it, dump it. It’s going to lose you the same amount of money now as it would later.

    Same goes for The Strangers. And for Midnight (Meat) Train. And for Case 39.

  2. Will Goss
    April 10th, 2008 | 5:48 pm | #2

    And, while I’m at it, The Poughkeepsie Tapes.

  3. R.J. Sayer
    April 11th, 2008 | 9:59 pm | #3

    and Trick ‘R Treat.

    Poughkeepsie Tapes isn’t all that great.

  4. Will Goss
    April 12th, 2008 | 1:28 am | #4

    Yeah, but Trick ‘R Treat now lacks a distributor, instead of just one that’s hoarding it.

    And while I trust the consensus on Poughkeepsie, I still say dump it already so the rest of us can see it and move on with our lives.

  5. R.J. Sayer
    April 13th, 2008 | 12:13 pm | #5


    and True.

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