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The Candy Snatchers (1973)

Abused mute autistic boy is the only one who can help a teenage heiress kidnapped, tortured, raped and buried alive by three young psychopathic criminals who want to extort some diamonds from her rich scummy stepfather.

Director:

Guerdon Trueblood

Writer:

Bryan Gindoff
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tiffany Bolling ... Jessie
Ben Piazza ... Avery
Susan Sennett ... Candy
Brad David ... Alan
Vince Martorano ... Eddy
Bonnie Boland Bonnie Boland ... Audrey
Jerry Butts Jerry Butts ... Dudley
Leon Charles Leon Charles ... Boss
Dolores Dorn ... Katherine
Phyllis Major Phyllis Major ... Lisa
Bill Woodard Bill Woodard ... Charlie
Christopher Trueblood Christopher Trueblood ... Sean Newton (as Christophe)
Earl Hansen Earl Hansen ... Gun Store Owner
Harry Kronman Harry Kronman ... Deli Owner
John Bill John Bill ... Policeman
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Abused mute autistic boy is the only one who can help a teenage heiress kidnapped, tortured, raped and buried alive by three young psychopathic criminals who want to extort some diamonds from her rich scummy stepfather.

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Violence beyond 'Last House on the Left'! See more »

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Crime | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Anonima sequestri See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Marmot Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Jessie: How'd it go?
Eddy: Like a Greek watch.
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Referenced in Texas Chain Saw Massacre: The Shocking Truth (2000) See more »

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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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A blazing sun in the wild universe of 70s microcinema.
3 September 2003 | by EyeAskanceSee all my reviews

THE CANDY SNATCHERS is among the proudest components to the druthers of 70s drive-in cinema, a smart, slick production that's well mechanized and laden with dodgy allure...a highly original exploitation mini-masterpiece, and a classic of its kind.

With a turbo-thrust pace, this nail-biter of a kidnapping/ransom story is steeped in noir, and presents three appallingly churlish amateur criminals intent on purloining a generous haul of diamonds from the shady stepfather of kidnapped young Candy(an appealing pubescent girlie who spends the entire film in various stages of bondage wearing a Catholic schoolgirl uniform). Plans run afoul, however, as the plot twists and shifts like a roller-coaster flying hot off its rails. A mute little boy is a key sideline character whose odd presence seems entirely superfluous until the unforgettable, head-smacking climax.

You do NOT want to miss this one.

8.5/10


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