And who can blame them? Mandy (Amber Heard) is a teen dream: A long-distance runner, friend to all and kind to her unpopular best friend Emmet (Michael Welch). Red (Aaron Himelstein) explains: "Since the dawn of Junior year, men have tried to possess her ... and failed." All the Boys Love Mandy Lane opens at a pool party, where an effort to catch Mandy's eye turns from hijinks to homicide; jumping 9 months later, Mandy seems a little haunted -- and distant from Emmet.
But Mandy has plenty of friends, and takes off for a weekend ranch getaway at Red's dad's place, along with bad-boy Jake (Luke Grimes), blonde, brittle Chloe (Whitney Able), party-girl Marlin (Melissa Price) and nice-guy athlete, Bird (Edwin Hodge). It's gonna be a good time -- until the group of six realize that someone's turned dreams of Mandy into their nightmare. There's no cell reception; they're in the middle of nowhere; they're partying hard ... and then the killing begins, transforming All the Boys Love Mandy Lane into the best modern slasher flick since Scream. In fact, I like All the Boys Love Mandy Lane a little more than Scream -- All the Boys may be knowing and post-modern as it begs, borrows and steals from films like Prom Night, Friday the 13th and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (as well as non-genre films like Dazed and Confused and Mean Girls), but it never winks at the camera.