Obscure horror sci-fi comedy is in the air along with the holiday cheer for fans of Scott Dunn’s 2018 pic, Mandao Of The Dead, which garnered critical and audience acclaim when it screened at the San Diego Comic Con and LA Comic Con in 2019.
Alas, Kickstarter-funded in eleven days and wrapped just a few days before the U.S. shutdown due to the pandemic, Dunn’s latest, Mandao Returns, is now available to rent or purchase on Amazon Prime in the U.S., from Indie Rights.Jay Mandao is not your average hero. He’s an astral projecting time traveler who spends his days hanging with his adult nephew Jackson, crashing on his scheming cousin Andy’s couch, and riding with his cabbie friend Fer. In the days leading up to Christmas, Jay tries to make contact with his deceased father Raymond, but ends up contacting the ghost of B-movie star, Aura Garcia. Aura enlists the gang to astral project back in time to prevent her death. Jay quickly finds out that the more he messes with time, the more he falls down a rabbit hole of cults, conspiracies, and death. This Christmas is gonna kick astral!
The film marks the third feature from Dunn and producer Gina Gomez, with Dunn reportedly managing to tackle post-production remotely to finish the feature in time for a December debut.
Mandao Returnsis now available on Amazon Prime Video, with more platforms to follow, and is headlined by Jenny Lorenzo (“Victor and Valentino”, “Gentefied”), Jim O’Doherty (“Third Rock from the Sun”, “Grounded for Life”), Sean Liang (“American Horror Story: 1984”), Scott Dunn, Sean McBride, Gina Gomez Dunn and Alexandre Chen.