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Executive producer Robert Slaviero told If last year.that Monjo.s screenplay was "just spectacular."
"One of the better scripts I.ve read in a long time, whether Australian or otherwise. Absolute cracker," he said, while also noting director Seet (The Code, Deep Water) had a great vision for the film. .
- Jackie Keast
Who’s ready to rock out with the devil? Not only is The Loved Ones director Sean Byrne’s heavy metal horror flick The Devil’s Candy (read our review) headed to VOD and select theaters this Friday, but it will be released alongside a soundtrack that features music both from and inspired by the movie. The ass-kicking soundtrack will […] »
- John Squires
Writer/director Sean Byrne’s debut feature, The Loved Ones, blew festival audiences (including us) away back in 2009 with thrills and suspense born from seeing a character we truly cared about fighting for his life against increasingly twisted and violent odds. It took three years before it actually opened in the Us, but it was worth the wait. Now Byrne’s equally intense follow-up film is finally being released… after premiering at film fests nearly two years ago.
Once again though, The Devil’s Candy is a blistering, intimate, heavy metal-tinged horror/thriller worth waiting for as it drops a loving family into a devilish nightmare where each violent chord brings them closer to a grim and grisly fate.
- Rob Hunter
Out in limited theaters and on VOD this Friday from IFC Midnight is The Devil’s Candy, which was written and directed by Sean Byrne (the creative force behind the equally fantastic thriller The Loved Ones). The film stars Ethan Embry as an embattled father who will stop at nothing to keep his family—and particularly his daughter, Zooey (Kiara Glasco)—safe from devilish forces in the form of a possessed man named Ray (portrayed by the always engaging Pruitt Taylor Vince).
Daily Dead recently had the chance to speak with Byrne about how his latest film became a way to explore his own fears and insecurities—both personally and professionally—and how he enjoys trying to subvert horror fans' expectations whenever he takes the directorial reins. Byrne also discussed his thoughts on celebrating heavy metal culture for The Devil’s Candy, collaborating with his cast, and more.
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- Heather Wixson
The director opens up about how his fears inspired the heavy metal infused homage.
It’s hard to adequately describe The Devil’s Candy, Australian director Sean Byrne’s follow up to 2009’s The Loved Ones. The film, which premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival and was eventually picked up by IFC Midnight for U.S. distribution, is a pastiche of occult horror, demonic possession, and religious mania, while also offering viewers a truly poignant family drama. It’s a pure treat for horror fans but above all else, it’s metal as fuck — literally.
The Devil’s Candy follows the not-so-ordinary Hellman family who move into an isolated but spacious Texas farmhouse, which may be a gateway to something sinister. Ethan Embry stars as Jesse, a struggling painter, who bonds with his daughter, Zooey (Kiara Glasco), over their shared love of heavy metal music. Shiri Appleby rounds up the family as Astrid, the »
- Jamie Righetti
Heavy metal and horror movies go together like chocolate and peanut butter, not least because of their shared fascination with Satan. The relationship between the trio goes back to the days when Ozzy Osbourne and his bandmates decided to name Black Sabbath after the Mario Bava movie playing across the street from their rehearsal space, and Australian filmmaker Sean Byrne (The Loved Ones) revisits it once more for his sophomore horror feature, The Devil’s Candy. This time around, though, Byrne adds a twist by appealing to a growing and under-represented segment of the extreme art forms’ shared fan base: parents.
A long-haired, tattooed Ethan Embry stars as Jesse Hellman, a struggling painter who has passed on his love of all things metal to his preteen daughter, Zooey (Kiara Glasco). Along with his wife, loving and tolerant hair stylist Astrid (Shiri Appleby), Jesse just bought a house in the countryside »
- Katie Rife
It was back in 2009 that Australian writer-director Sean Byrne burst onto the scene with his debut feature film, The Loved Ones, igniting a firestorm of positive praise that seemed poised to light the world on fire for this brash and seemingly fully formed talent. But, praise or not, 2009 was a difficult time for the independent film industry, with business models and release platforms seemingly changing by the day and, much like fellow festival darling All The Boys Love Mandy Lane, The Loved Ones became a victim of the changing landscape, languishing on the shelf for a frustrating length of time while the industry-at-large tried to get their shit together and ultimately squandered all that love and leaving Byrne spinning his wheels for far,...
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This Friday, IFC Midnight will unleash the heavy metal horror of Sean Byrne's The Devil's Candy in select theaters and on VOD, and to celebrate, Mondo and Death Waltz will release Michael Yezerski's intense score digitally, followed by a vinyl release this May.
From Mondo and Death Waltz: "The Devil’s Candy - Original Motion Picture Score. Composed by Michael Yezerski. Original artwork by Matt Ryan Tobin. Available digitally on Bandcamp / iTunes & Spotify this Friday (3/17).
The Devil's Candy is a heavy metal horror film from director Sean Byrne who made The Loved Ones a few years back (if you missed that, go seek it out right now. It’s Texas Chainsaw meets Pretty In Pink, and is all kinds of awesome). But unlike the cheesy hair metal horror movies of the '80s, this is completely grounded in real life throwbacks to the satanic panic period of American History; it’s scary, »
- Derek Anderson
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This Past Weekend:
As expected, Legendary Pictures’ Kong: Skull Island won the weekend, and honestly, the Weekend Warrior’s original prediction of $61.6 million was pretty darn close to the movie’s opening weekend which ended up at $61 million. (Unfortunately, I chickened out on Thursday because my prediction was so much higher than all others and lowered it to $58 million, which was Still closer to than every other prediction last weekend.) Also, as expected (at least by me), Hugh Jackman’s Logan took a 2nd weekend tumble as has been the case with most X-Men movies, »
- Edward Douglas
The Devil’s Candy, 2015
Directed by Sean Byrne
A metalhead painter and his young family find themselves stalked by satanic forces after moving into a derelict house in the countryside.
You only have to look as far as last year’s Deathgasm, Brutal Legend or even just anything Motörhead have ever touched to know that heavy metal stereotypes and demonic possession have walked hand in hand in horror fiction for what feels like eternity. Sean Byrne’s latest, the long-awaited follow-up to his 2009 Australian cult hit The Loved Ones (if you know, you know) tries its darnedest to just about un-marry all of these lazy assumptions and obvious links and for the most part, delivers something deeply original and dare I say it, totally far out.
Just as demented, but a whole lot less funny than his debut, Byrne »
- Ben Robins
I’ve enjoyed Ethan Embry’s on-screen work for a long time now, and it’s been great to see him keeping busy these days—from his work on Grace and Frankie, to his appearance on the season 6 premiere of The Walking Dead, to his fantastic performances in genre fare like Cheap Thrills, Late Phases, The Guest, and his recent role in Sean Byrne’s The Devil’s Candy, which arrives in select theaters and on VOD on Friday, March 17th from IFC Midnight.
Daily Dead recently had the opportunity to speak in depth with Embry about his work on the film, and he discussed the appeal of playing a conflicted father who will stop at nothing to keep his family safe. Embry also chatted about working with Byrne and how he hopes fans appreciate the way the filmmaker’s vision for The Devil’s Candy represents all the metal aficionados out there. »
- Heather Wixson
If you missed it on the festival circuit, Sean Byrne's The Devil's Candy, starring Ethan Embry (Cheap Thrills, Fashionista, Can't Hardly Wait), Pruitt Taylor Vince (Heavy, Monster), Kiara Glasco (Maps To The Stars, Bitten) and Shiri Appleby (Unreal, Roswell) is coming to a theater or TV near you this Friday. You can see the film in select theaters and on VOD and digital platforms on March 17th from IFC Midnight. Byrne, who previously directed the fan favorite cult horror film The Loved Ones, is back with another fantastic piece of filmmaking. Far from your typical home invasion flick, The Devil's Candy makes you care deeply about its characters. They're not your typical family, for starters. They love heavy metal and weird art, and the family's dad Jesse (Ethan Embry) is a full-time...
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IFC Midnight is releasing The Devil’s Candy next week, which means it’s time again for some new eye candy. Hope you’re hungry! The Devil’s Candy (review) was written and directed by Sean Byrne (The Loved Ones) and stars Ethan Embry… Continue Reading →
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- Steve Barton
Sean Byrne is back with a new The Devil’s Candy trailer – If you loved The Loved Ones and wondered what filmmaker Sean Byrne has been up to over the last few years, we now have an answer. Byrne has been hard at work on his next project, a new horror film titled The Devil’s Candy. Read on for the official plot details and a peek at the new trailer ahead of the film’s March 17 VOD debut. "In The Devil’S Candy, Jesse, a struggling artist, moves with his wife and daughter into their dream house in rural Texas, the price driven down by the property’s dark past. Their lives soon begin to unravel as the demonic forces lurking in the house take hold of the young family. Jesse’s...
- Mike Bracken
With just a under month to go until its release, IFC Midnight has released a trailer for writer-director Sean Byrne’s upcoming horror The Devil’s Candy which stars Ethan Embry, Shiri Appleby, Kiara Glasco, and Pruitt Taylor Vince; check it out below after the official synopsis…
A not-so-average family wrestles with Satan in a house from hell in this heavy metal-charged shocker from the director of The Loved Ones. Diehard metalhead and struggling artist Jesse (Ethan Embry) moves with his wife (Shiri Appleby) and daughter (Kiara Glasco) to a middle-of-nowhere Texas town, unaware that the new house they got for an unbelievable deal comes with a grisly history. Disturbing demonic goings-on culminate with the appearance of Ray (The Walking Dead’s Pruitt Taylor Vince). He’s the home’s former resident, and he’s here to do the Devil’s bidding. The cranked-to-eleven soundtrack blasts Metallica, Slayer, Pantera, and »
- Amie Cranswick
When it debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival back in 2015, director Sean Byrne (who previously helmed the similarly scary-as-hell “The Loved Ones”) sent shockwaves through the circuit with his second feature horror film, “The Devil’s Candy.” The theatrical release of the film has long been awaited, especially after the feature received copious rave reviews at various festivals (current Rotten Tomatoes score? a very healthy 90%).
If blood and gore are the milk and sugar to your tea, “The Devil’s Candy” sounds to be a film right up your alley.
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Byrne reinvents the classic haunted house thriller and possession drama by adding in plenty of anxiety-inducing heavy metal music and enough creepy twists to leave audiences reeling. “The Devil’s Candy” centers around the Hellman family (including Ethan Embry and Shiri Appleby), who recently »
- Kerry Levielle
It is a rarity to see a truly unsettling trailer, come along. The first official trailer for Sean Byrne's (The Loved Ones) The Devil's Candy, has been released. To show at AMC Theatres, in the United States, IFC Films will handle this title's distribution. The story of The Devil's Candy involves: a haunted house in small town Texas, heavy metal and a struggling artist. All of these elements come together to do the Satan's bidding. Fans of true horror can take a look at the film's first trailer here. The trailer shows Jesse (Ethan Embry) and a strange art piece. He is unsure of his creative inspiration; but, viewers will know. The film clip also shows a mysterious kidnapper (Ray Smilie), in a red track suit. He shambles about from scene to scene. Both characters meet at a strange, cursed home. The Devil's Candy is slated for a Us run. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Allen)
"It's like it flowed through me. I don't remember painting this." IFC Midnight has unveiled the trailer for a horror film titled The Devil's Candy, a creepy satanic possession tale about a struggling painter who moves into a home in Texas. Ethan Embry stars as the father of a young family who is possessed by satanic forces, creating some freaky artwork. The cast includes Shiri Appleby, Kiara Glasco and Pruitt Taylor Vince. This is from the same filmmaker who made the cult horror hit The Loved Ones, and the film first premiered at festivals a few years ago. It looks intense, though I'm not sure why it took years to be released. Here's the new official trailer (+ poster) for Sean Byrne's The Devil's Candy, originally from EW.com: A struggling painter (Ethan Embry) is possessed by satanic forces after he and his young family move into their dream home in rural Texas, »
- Alex Billington
Since The Devil's Candy made its world premiere at Tiff in 2015, horror fans have been eager to see what filmmaker Sean Byrne has in store for them in his first feature film since The Loved Ones (2009). With his new movie coming out in the Us this March, the wait is nearly over, and to get an idea of what to expect, IFC Midnight has unleashed a new trailer.
Written and directed by Byrne, The Devil's Candy will be released in select theaters and on VOD and digital platforms beginning March 17th from IFC Midnight. Produced by Keith Calder and Jessica Calder, the film stars Ethan Embry, Shiri Appleby, Pruitt Taylor Vince, and Kiara Glasco.
"In The Devil’S Candy, Jesse, a struggling artist, »
- Derek Anderson
It's always a little disconcerting when a movie kicks around the block for a few years before it finally sees the light of day. Sometimes its just logistics but in the case of horror movies, it seems that delay is usually connected with some degree of terribleness. That said, I'm not sure that's the case with The Devil's Candy.
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