The Devil’s Candy is a 2015 American supernatural horror film written and directed by Sean Byrne (The Loved Ones).
The film stars Ethan Embry, Shiri Appleby, Pruitt Taylor Vince, and Kiara Glasco.
IFC Midnight are distributing in the US.
A struggling painter is possessed by satanic forces after he and his family move into their dream home…
” … it’s the deeply felt affection for metal that really makes The Devil’s Candy sing. Too often the butt of movie humour, metal remains an enduringly misunderstood world, which is odd when you consider its natural thematic links to horror … It’s a treat, then, to see metal fans and the music they love depicted with care, complete with a stonking soundtrack.” Clem Bastow, The Guardian
“What’s here is entertaining, bloody and gleefully macabre enough while maintaining a soft family-first center. But the pic really could have used more of an evolutionary arc for Jesse (Embry is too often stuck on a single level of anticipatory intensity that never quite arrives at a payoff), more exploitation of the house as malevolent entity, and perhaps a fully developed subplot or two.” Dennis Harvey, Variety
“Before things descend into pure chaos, the film is flooded with stunning foreboding imagery. There’s this red cross on the front door that occasionally changes from red to black when the door opens and closes, and a particularly stunning shot of Embry’s silhouette against a blank canvas. These types of visuals never feel like heavy-handed devices.” Perri Nemiroff, Collider
“The Devil’s Candy is oddly too restrained, as there aren’t nearly as many set pieces as one might expect given the premise and filmmaker. Yet the film somehow manages to be simultaneously too over-the-top, with Vince’s performance in particular getting annoying fast and his presence in the movie doesn’t shrink as the running time inches on.” Phil Brown, Fangoria
“As the film rolls on, each scene more unsettling than the last, the deeply embedded tension mounts quickly, melding together the raw power of heavy metal, shocking violence, and satanic rituals to create a raw, ferocious, gritty, limitless power that makes this one of the most metal movies ever made.” Kalyn Corrigan, Daily Dead