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 (semi-hiatus) 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
★★★★½ 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
★★★½ review by bree1981 on Letterboxd
Glasgow Frightfest 2016 Film # 13
Director Sean Byrne finally follows up his excellent debut feature The Loved Ones with this tale of heavy metal, art and satanic possession. Ethan Embry stars in a rare lead role as Jesse, a struggling artist, metal fan and family man who together with his wife Astrid (Shiri Appleby) and teenage daughter Zooey (Kiara Glasco) move into their dream home, a large rural house in Texas with a mysterious past and a barn that Jesse can convert into an art studio. It's not until Jesse starts painting that things take a more sinister turn, his paintings become darker and rather more disturbing and he seem's to be doing them in some sort of trance. There's also the small matter of the house's former tenant, the hulking Ray (Pruitt Taylor Vince), a mentally disturbed man who appears to be taking an unhealthy interest in Zooey.
We've seen this type of movie a hundred times before but this is a fun take on the story, mainly in thanks to the family unit at the centre of it. All three come across as likeable and the actors share a natural chemistry that helps us root for them throughout. Embry is almost unrecognisable in the lead role, ripped to shreds and sporting a straggly beard, his laidback nature and outlook on parenting are a highlight of the first half of the film, his headbanging Kirk Hammett doll on this dash of the car also gave me a giggle.
Overall, this is always entertaining and was the perfect film to close the festival, I hear it's not getting a release until later this year/early next but when it does it's well worth checking out.
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