The Devil's Candy

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 DirkH on Letterboxd

    Yep, that Byrne fella knows horror.

    Even though this follow up to his superb debut is uneven and a bit too lean, it is still a cut above most.

    The Devil's Candy is at its best when it goes full force for atmospheric horror. Byrne, aided by an absolutely superb cast, manages to instill a growing sense of unease and mystery and leads it to an intense climax.

    Where it stumbles is in not fleshing out enough of its ideas. Which is a shame as he definitely has enough time in his narrative to do so. This makes it stuck in a limbo between a great short film and a fantastic feature length one.

    Still, there's tons to enjoy here and Byrne remains an interesting voice in the genre that should probably make more films.

  • ★★★★ review by Ian West on Letterboxd


    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

    P.S. That CGI fire though... Come on!

  • ★★★½ review by la femme hystérique on Letterboxd

    this was my (3)666th movie on wow... makes u think

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