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Halloween 2017: Heavy Metal Horror Double Feature – Deathgasm and The Devil’S Candy

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[To get you into the spooky spirit, the Daily Dead team is spotlighting double features that we think would be fun to watch this Halloween season. Keep an eye on Daily Dead for more double feature recommendations, and check here for our previous Halloween 2017 coverage.]

This October, get ready to rock (queue bending guitar notes). Because Daily Dead productions brings you the rock event of the season with Heavy Metal Halloween (queue random explosion noises). Live, from whatever venue you want to call your house, we’ve got two face-melting, pants-dropping flicks that are sure to leave your guests on their knees worshipping at the altar of the gods of rock (queue the Rob Halford knock-off kind of, sort of, not really hitting a high note).

Okay, don’t worry. I’m not going to keep using the crappy concert ad gimmick, but this feature is going to lean heavy on the heavy metal. Think of this Halloween season double feature recommendation as an opening act and headliner that will make for a great show where metal is the connective thread, but each movie has its own tone and themes that will give at least
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October Horrors 2017 Day 20 – The Loved Ones (2009)

The Loved Ones, 2009.

Directed by Sean Byrne.

Starring Xavier Samuel, Robin McLeavy, Richard Wilson, and John Brumpton.


Brent is still struggling with the grief of having lost his father in a tragic car accident, an accident in which Brent was the driver. With prom rapidly approaching, Brent is asked to the dance by his classmate Lola, an invitation which he politely declines. However, Lola will not take no for an answer and soon Brent finds himself as her “date” for the evening in her own personal macabre prom from hell.

Ah, prom time. We all have fond memories of the pleasant evening in which we got all dressed up to bid farewell to our schoolmates for the summer or in the case of my prom, bidding farewell for the final time. All in all, prom is a magical evening in which we all have a good time.

But imagine
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September 26th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include The Devil’S Candy, 47 Meters Down, It Stains The Sands Red

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As we inch our way closer to the holiest of months, October, this final Tuesday of September boasts an eclectic array of genre-related home entertainment releases, including several great movies I fell in love with earlier this year: The Devil’s Candy, It Stains the Sands Red, and 47 Meters Down. For you cult cinema fans out there, it’s going to be a busy week for your wallet, as we have an array of horror and sci-fi titles heading home, including the SteelBook edition of Bride of Re-Animator, the director’s cut of Cannibal Ferox, Lucio Fulci’s The Devil’s Honey, as well as Orgy of the Dead and Psychos in Love from Vinegar Syndrome.

Other notable releases for Tuesday, September 26th include After Midnight, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (in 4K), A Quiet Place in the Country, The Stake Land Collection, John Carpenter’s Escape from L.A. on Blu-ray,
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Horror Highlights: Spooker-Roo Spectacular at the Pike Drive-In Theatre, The Devil’S Candy Blu-ray, Realive, The Lodgers

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The Pike Drive-In Theater in Montgomery, Pa, has an upcoming double feature that will leave horror fans squirming with antici... pation, as they will host back-to-back screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead this September. In addition to more details on that event, we also have The Devil's Candy Blu-ray, the Realive trailer, and key art and stills from The Lodgers in today's Horror Highlights.

Spookerroo Spectacular Returns to the Pike Drive-in Theater: Press Release: "The Pike Drive-in Theater in Montgomery, Pa is bringing a unique screening of two of among the most popular, retro horror classics of all time Friday and Saturday Night Sept. 15 and 16, 2017.

The double feature playing each night will be The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), the cult horror comedy musical and long-time midnight screening perennial at indoor theaters, and the original (1978) Dawn of the Dead, the zombies-invade-a-shopping-mall
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The Devil’s Candy Coming to Home Video Next Month

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Scream Factory will be bringing Sean Byrne’s absolutely fantastic film The Devil’s Candy to home video formats on September 26th. Pre-orders for the release are already open at Shout Factory. Written and directed by Sean Bryne (The Loved Ones), The… Continue Reading →

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Geoffrey Rush and Jai Courtney topline ‘Storm Boy’

Geoffrey Rush and Jai Courtney..

Geoffrey Rush and Jai Courtney will star in Shawn Seet.s Storm Boy.remake, with the film gearing up to shoot in South Australia in July. .

Rush will star as Mike 'Storm Boy' Kingley, while Courtney will play 'Hideaway Tom'..

Billed as a .contemporary retelling. of the 1976 film, Storm Boy's script has been written by Justin Monjo (The Secret Daughter, Spear)..

Executive producer Robert Slaviero told If last year.that Monjo.s screenplay was "just spectacular."

"One of the better scripts 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. .

Storm Boy will be produced by Ambience Entertainment.s Michael Boughen (Tomorrow, When the War Began, The Loved Ones) and Matthew Street (Tomorrow, When the War Began, The Bank Job
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[Exclusive] ‘The Devil’s Candy’ Director Sean Byrne Provides Soundtrack Commentary

[Exclusive] ‘The Devil’s Candy’ Director Sean Byrne Provides Soundtrack Commentary
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 […]
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Review — ‘The Devil’s Candy’ Blasts Genre Thrills and the Devil’s Music Into Your Soul

‘The Devil’s Candy’ Blasts Genre Thrills and the Devil’s Music Into Your Heathen SoulThe director of ‘The Loved Ones’ returns with another intense and suspenseful thriller.

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.

Jesse (Ethan Embry), Astrid (Shiri Appleby), and their teenage daughter
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Interview: Writer / Director Sean Byrne on Facing His Fears with The Devil’S Candy

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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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Sean Byrne Talks ‘The Devil’s Candy’ and Its Dark Spin on Occult Horror

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
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Movie Review: The Devil’s Candy plays its heavy-metal horror riff fast and loud

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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
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Review: The Devil's Candy, Fierce and Fabulous Horror

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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The Devil’S Candy Digital & Vinyl Score Coming from Mondo & Death Waltz

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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,
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The Weekend Warrior 3/17/17: Beauty And The Beast, The Belko Experiment

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Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out. And if you're into box office and how movies might do, come play some of the box office games at EZ1 Productions including their new Pick 5 game!

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,
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Movie Review – The Devil’s Candy (2015)

The Devil’s Candy, 2015

Directed by Sean Byrne

Starring Ethan Embry, Shiri Appleby, Kiara Glasco, Pruitt Taylor Vince


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
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Interview: Ethan Embry on The Devil’S Candy, His Time on The Walking Dead, and Freakylinks

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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.
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High Stakes in Horror: Talking The Devil's Candy with Sean Byrne

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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The Devil’s Candy – Sample a Variety of Stills

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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The Last Horror Blog: 'The Devil's Candy' Trailer, Fangoria's Grim Future and More

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...

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Heavy Metal-charged horror The Devil’s Candy gets a trailer

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
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