Grumpire 15, Mandy 0

Heavy Metal Horror Fans beware, we’re joined on this episode by friend and fellow podcaster Spencer Seams to discuss what just doesn’t sit right for him about Panos Cosmatos’ horror/fantasy epic Mandy. It’s a story of revenge, freaky bikers, cult behavior, and some bizarre macaroni and cheese mascot, but for some reason, it just leaves Spencer (and us, mostly) in want of something more. An actual relationship between Mandy and Red, maybe?

Spencer’s alternate is also a story of revenge: the acclaimed South Korean thriller directed by Kim Jee-woon, I Saw The Devil. It’s a story a bit more grounded, but just as sinister, and made even more chilling by its real-world implications. We really believe what’s going on in the protagonist’s mind in this one, as opposed to Mandy, which just feels like a shallow fairy tale.

We hope you enjoy this episode, and while you’re at it, check out what else Spencer has going on over at Shoot The Piano Player: A French New Wave Podcast and his blogs on Japanese cult cinema and African history!


Previously on Grumpire: G.G. Graham tells us why she doesn’t dig on Promising Young Woman!