In Panos Cosmatos’s upcoming horror movie Mandy, arriving in US theaters on September 14th, Nicholas Cage plays Red Miller, “a broken and haunted man [who] hunts an unhinged religious sect who slaughtered the love of his life.” While he’s framed as the film’s protagonist, the actor looked at an iconic movie villain for inspiration: The hockey-masked scourge of Camp Crystal Lake Jason Voorhees. Here’s what the actor told Entertainment Weekly:
“It was a good chance to go through a narrative and have a transformation of sorts. Before he drinks that supernatural drug, or whatever it is, his fighting style is more ferocious, is more cat-like and feral. Whereas after the drug, there’s a transformation where he becomes almost like a golem, the ancient Jewish golem that was a supernatural statue that came to life. And I think Panos wanted that. He wanted me to be almost like Jason-esque, you know, from those horror films that were so popular.”
Check out the trailer and synopsis for Mandy a spin below. In addition to Cage, the film stars Andrea Riseborough, Linus Roache, and Richard Brake.
Pacific Northwest. 1983 AD. Outsiders Red Miller and Mandy Bloom lead a loving and peaceful existence. When their pine-scented haven is savagely destroyed by a cult led by the sadistic Jeremiah Sand, Red is catapulted into a phantasmagoric journey filled with bloody vengeance and laced with fire.
Words: Josh Millican (@josh_millican)