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The Devil's Candy (2015)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Thriller | 17 March 2017 (USA)
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A struggling painter is possessed by satanic forces after he and his young family move into their dream home in rural Texas, in this creepy haunted-house tale.

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Sean Byrne

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Sean Byrne
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ethan Embry ... Jesse Hellman
Shiri Appleby ... Astrid Hellman
Pruitt Taylor Vince ... Ray Smilie
Kiara Glasco ... Zooey Hellman
Tony Amendola ... Leonard
Leland Orser ... Preacher
Craig Nigh ... Realtor
Jeremy West Jeremy West ... Deputy Hernandez (as Orion West)
Richard Rollin Richard Rollin ... Walter Smilie
Shiela Bailey Lucas Shiela Bailey Lucas ... Pamela Smilie
Marco Perella ... Sgt. Investigator Davis
Mylinda Royer ... Deputy Winnie
Ash Thapliyal ... Gas Station Clerk
Jamie Tisdale ... Mara
Jose Villarreal Jose Villarreal ... Desk Clerk
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Metal music, wet paint, and family are the passions of Jesse, a struggling painter who lives a happy life with his wife, Astrid, and their preteen daughter, Zooey. And things look even brighter when Jesse and Astrid are able to put in a bid on their dream home - a huge property in rural Texas with a barn big enough for a proper art studio - after the price is driven down due to the home's mysterious past. After the trio moves in, Jesse's work starts taking on a new, considerably darker flavour - and things get even more ominous when Ray, the hulking, clearly unbalanced son of the deceased former owners, appears on the doorstep one night, clutching a red electric guitar and asking to "return home." It soon becomes clear that Ray and Jesse are both being influenced by the same satanic forces, and that Jesse's family won't be safe until they find a way to quiet the Devil himself. Written by subratjain1

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A Marvellous Horror Movie! See more »

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 March 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Djavolji slatkis See more »

Filming Locations:

Estonia See more »

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| (Festival Cut)

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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The art gallery that Jesse takes his upside down cross painting to is called "Belial." Belial (also known as Beliar) is a term from the Hebrew Bible which later became personified as the devil in Jewish and Christian texts. See more »

Quotes

Zooey Hellman: [about a painting] That's the thing for the bank?
Jesse Hellman: Yeah. Yeah, that's the comission.
Zooey Hellman: Butterflies? *So* not metal.
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Killing Inside
Performed by Cavalera Conspiracy
Courtesy of Roadrunner Records
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Very well above average
23 January 2018 | by sjalkarjadottirSee all my reviews

Metal music and horror .. although metal is often adorned with kind of horror or satanic imagery, for me personally .. those two things do not necessarily go together well.

Well, here it does work. There is good chemistry between the father and the daughter (not so much the father and wife though) .. the acting in general is exceptionally well done. The movie is visceral and does not shy away from showing a lot, yet leaving a lot yet to imagination.

In contrast with so many other horror movies, this one offers bright, vibrant colours, loud music and a family that actually seems to work well enough.

All in all, the movie was fun to watch, not really scary though. There are no "real" jumpscares .. which i appreciate .. and the effects were subtle enough.

However it is not without flaw .. it suffers from the very same problem most horror movie storylines suffer from .. poor communication between the characters.. for some reason the people in most horror movies fall for the very same tropes over and over again ... they do not openly talk to one another. It is just one of the points that i do not like much in horror movies.

But i can fully recommend it as a suspenseful crime movie.


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