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Credited cast:
Peter / The King
Tess / The Queen
Arnie / God
Leesha (as Lori Ann Triolo)
Doctor / Charles
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
J.B. Bivens ...
Delivery Man
Officer Bauer
Claire Garner ...
Peek-a-berry Blue Girl
Announcer 2
Officer Sampson
Detective Anderson
Tess' Daughter (as Allison Farrance)
Shop Girl


Peter, a failed tennis star, is struggling to rebuild his life after a car accident forces the end of his career. Angry at the world's consumerist values and his controlling father, Arnie, who he blames for being absent during his mother's dying days, Peter is desperately searching for a moment's peace. In an attempt at normality, he heads to a bar for a night out, where he encounters recently divorced and grieving Tess, abandoned and lonely. Finding solace in each other's brokenness, they withdraw to Peter's apartment and begin a sensual love affair. Days of bliss pass by, and when Tess reluctantly tries to leave to deal with the aftermath of her divorce, Peter proposes an idea: isolate themselves in his apartment to create their own reality - CANDiLAND. Now cut off from the world, the tormented lovers embark on a dogmatic quest for a higher existence. But their possessive love descends into a surreal savagery as Arnie attempts to reconnect with his son and put an end to CANDiLAND. Written by Motorcycle Boy Productions

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The Most Nerve-Wrecking Film of the Year
26 April 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I attended this years Dubuque Julien Film Festival and got the chance to see this film. First off, it's important to know that I am a huge fan of films such as THE SHINING, YELLOWBRICKROAD, and 1408. Psychological thrillers that push the max of what can be portrayed as the mind being lost to insanity. Being a psychology major, I love these types of films and CANDILAND does not fall far from it. The cast and crew did an amazing job on this film and it really shines through. The editing may be a little sporadic, but it's definitely made up for interesting characters and clever writing. Gary Busey, being the name of the attraction line, does an outstanding performance and even though he is featured as the highlight in the trailer, is not the main focus. His son, however, is. This is an isolation type that doesn't rely on a huge budget to make a good film. It works off of very talented actors, a clever set piece, and a dedicated crew. This is a film that will drive you into submission for weeks without even having to try hard at all. And that is a scary idea.

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