The Devil's Candy
Directed by Sean Byrne
A struggling painter is possessed by satanic forces after he and his young family move into their dream home in rural Texas.
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★★★★½ review by nathaxnne walker (undead) on Letterboxd
Watching Bob Larson anti-metal vhs tapes when there are no other metal vhs tapes to be had because you have already watched Cliff Em All 6 times in a row and being told that listening to Ozzy and Led Zeppelin will lead you on the path to hell you are already in the clutches of.
Practicing making the Metallica logo on your school desk with either end of a mechanical pencil over and over and then moving on to Slayer's logo which is easier than Metallica's logo both in terms of difficulty and number of letters rather than paying attention to math or home ec or whatever it is. Slayer's Reign In Blood has the whole album on each side of the cassette so you can flip it over and listen to it again and again or if you have an auto-flip cassette player in your car it will do it for you because the only thing that Reign In Blood makes you want to listen to really is Reign In Blood again.
This is how we are seduced into Satan's Service. Sure, it starts with metal but then it leads to getting high behind the 7-11 first thing in the morning before class or right after school hotboxing someone's car listening to the first three Sepultura albums and the next thing you know you are engaging in ritual child murder as offerings to the dark lord and burying their bodies right under your weed spot so that the weed works extra powerful the next time because every time you inhale from then on you are inhaling the souls of your victims. In the 1980's weed wasn't as strong as it is today so that really made a difference. I know it sounds funny or improbable but just wait until it happens to you. The next thing you know after that you are on Geraldo or chatting with Bob Larson about the scores of people you've killed for Satan who have never been found by the authorities because they are protected by demonic forces who cloud the minds of the investigating officers and you can go on to resume your true calling of making anti-metal videotapes to sell on the Christian Broadcasting Network or at church bakesales that concerned parents will watch and then find an urgent need to watch with their adolescents, stacks and stacks of tapes which will each contain just enough metal to sway Christian Lambs from the warm embrace of Jesus into the very much warmer open and waiting maw of hell itself. Hail Satan. <3 <3 <3
★★★★ review by Ian West on Letterboxd
"TAKE A LOOK TO THE SKY JUST BEFORE YOU DIE, IT'S THE LAST TIME YOU WILL!"
I knew this existed, and that Ethan Embry was in it and the director of The Loved Ones made it. I watched zero trailers, read zero plot summaries, and went in completely blind.
Yeah, I loved this. ::chefs kiss::
★★★★½ review by Marianna Neal on Letterboxd
Guys. GUYS. I'm NEVER buying a house. Nope. I've never been a big fan of being alone in a house, but now DEFINITELY screw that. It's condos for me for the rest of my life. Also, why aren't more people talking about this indie horror gem?! I may need to actually film a review for this, once I stop listening for strange noises.
UPDATE: full review here www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQbvRsUAEWo
P.S. That CGI fire though... Come on!
★★★½ review by la femme hystérique on Letterboxd
this was my (3)666th movie on letterboxd.com... wow... makes u think
★★★★ review by Tony the Terror😼 on Letterboxd
I had been putting off watching this because it’s on Netflix and, let’s face it, Netflix kinda sucks when it comes to horror movies. Really, I’m just over their constantly mediocre to awful selection. Nonetheless, I had read enough positive reviews for this to finally give it a chance and what do you know? It’s really good!
A family move into a new house only to find themselves dealing with satanic forces. This is really great watch. It looks wonderful, it’s got some great dark atmosphere, and at 80 minutes, it’s refreshingly brisk. It’s a blend of several horror sub-genres: supernatural horror, home invasion horror, and metal horror. Honestly, it actually works as all three. Metal horror, in my opinion, tends to be better in concept than execution, but here it’s done quite well. I’m fact, it’s probably one of the best films of its type.
The biggest win for me was the acting. Ethan Embry who knew, amiright?! I mean, I’ve always liked him but he goes all out here and gives possibly his best performance ever. Side note: I kept wondering what kind of diet he went on for this because he is RIPPED. He can’t be more than, like, 3% body fat here and he’s (just barely) older than me so what the hell is my problem?! Probably watching too many movies instead of working out religiously? Ugh...anyway...
Yeah, this was a really fun movie. I have actually not seen The Loved Ones from the same director but I’ll be checking that one out as well as giving this one a rewatch...because it’s only 80 minutes! I, also tempted to try another Netflix horror but I’m feeling like I probably won’t get as lucky again anytime soon.
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