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Candiland (2016)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance, Thriller | 7 February 2017 (USA)
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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, ... See full summary »


Rusty Nixon


Elizabeth Engstrom (novel), Rusty Nixon (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
James Clayton ... Peter / The King
Chelah Horsdal ... Tess / The Queen
Gary Busey ... Arnie / God
Lori Triolo ... Leesha (as Lori Ann Triolo)
David Lewis ... Don
Blaine Anderson ... Doctor / Charles
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
J.B. Bivens ... Delivery Man
Dave Collette ... Officer Bauer
Claire Garner Claire Garner ... Peek-a-berry Blue Girl
Brett Gilmour Brett Gilmour ... Announcer 2
Matthew Graham ... Officer Sampson
Sandro Horber Sandro Horber ... Telemarketer
James Hutson ... Detective Anderson
Allison James ... Tess' Daughter (as Allison Farrance)
Ariel Ladret ... 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, whom 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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All they wanted was each other. See more »


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To fully commit to the character of Peter, James Clayton dropped 55 pounds, from his normal weight of 185 pounds, during the course of filming. See more »

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Don't bother
9 February 2017 | by franklindfSee all my reviews

I like low-budget films, and especially those with a horror bent; Films like 'The Greasy Strangler', 'Blood Car', or the original 'Cabin Fever'. So I thought I might like this. The film did have a few comedic moments, where the awkwardness of the dialogue felt real, genuine, and funny. But overall, there was a lack of coherency to the point where it just felt like a half-hearted student film project from a lower-level class at a second-rate film school. The acting had funny moments, but for the most part it just seemed like bad improvisation. I appreciate that films such as this one are made, but this one just more or less belongs in the dust bin - it's not memorable and it will be forgotten and never achieve the cult following that a film such as this one strives for.

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