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The Candy Snatchers (1973)

An abused autistic boy is the sole witness to the kidnapping of a teenage heiress.

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Jessie
Ben Piazza ...
Avery
Susan Sennett ...
Candy
Brad David ...
Alan
Vince Martorano ...
Eddy
Bonnie Boland ...
Audrey
Jerry Butts ...
Dudley
Leon Charles ...
Boss
Dolores Dorn ...
Katherine
Phyllis Major ...
Lisa
Bill Woodard ...
Charlie
Christopher Trueblood ...
Sean Newton (as Christophe)
Earl Hansen ...
Gun Store Owner
Harry Kronman ...
Deli Owner
John Bill ...
Policeman
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An abused autistic boy is the sole witness to the kidnapping of a teenage heiress.

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It started as such a simple crime. For 16 year old Candy, dying would have been easier! Was a piece of Candy worth a fortune in diamonds? See more »

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Director Guerdon Trueblood and co-star Vince Martorano had been best friends at George Washington University in Virginia and, both being interested in the film industry, had a bet as to who would find success first. Trueblood became an in-demand writer for TV shows and movies-of-the-week, and when he got the job of directing "The Candy Snatchers," asked writer Bryan Gindoff to create the character of Eddy specifically for Martorano, who was working as a commercial fisherman when he was summoned by Trueblood to appear in the film. See more »

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Jessie: [hands out items to gang] Books... binoculars... RyKrisp.
Alan: RyKrisp?
Jessie: Birdwatchers *love* it!
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Money Is the Root of All Happiness
Music and Lyrics by Steve Singer (as Stephen Singer) and Jay Stewart
Sung by Kerry Chater
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Sets the standard for the grindhouse
9 May 2007 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

Many exploitation films promised a lot but failed to deliver. Not "The Candy Snatchers". This is as politically incorrect, sleazy, and entertaining as one expects their exploitation films to be. It really sets the standards for other grindhouse films to follow. Also, this is one of those rare exploitation films thats actually competently made! What more could you ask for? Flashy editing? Get outta here!

There are several aspects to this production that impressed me. First off, the direction by Guerdon Trueblood is very quickly paced, leaving out any filler. Its a shame this was his only picture. Also, the film ultimately comes across as a very dark and pessimistic comedy. However, whereas the comedy sequences and occasionally light-hearted tone in "Last House on the Left" diluted its original impact, the addition of humor to "The Candy Snatchers" just makes it all the more disturbing. Also, the addition of an autistic character in the 70s was a daring move, whether or not its simply a plot device.

What makes "The Candy Snatchers" stand out for me above all though is the dark world view. Absolutely none of the adult characters are likable, and the sleaziness in everyone is apparent. All of the finest grindhouse films should contain this, and its in spades in this one. Plus, Tiffany Bolling is a total hottie (and a decent actress to boot). For fans of vintage cult cinema, "The Candy Snatchers" comes with my strongest recommendation. (8/10)


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