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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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Storyline

Metal music, paint, and family are the passions of struggling painter, Jesse, who lives a happy life with his wife, and daughter. Things look brighter when Jesse's finds a huge old house, in rural Texas, selling at a very low price, due to its mysterious past. They move in and Jesse converts the barn into a studio, But soon, his work starts taking on a new, darker flavour - and things get even more ominous when the hulking, unbalanced son of the former owners, appears on the doorstep. Jesse's family won't be safe until they find a way to quiet the Devil himself. Written by subratjain1

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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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Runtime:

| (Festival Cut)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Jesse Hellman is parking near the art gallery, it is shown that the place is called "Belial." "Belial," in the Bible, is a demon of seduction, a creature that corrupts people and makes them go mad or behave badly towards others. See more »

Quotes

Preacher: We've come to the place where we joke about the idea of the devil. With the horns, and the tail and all that. But that is Satan's lie to distract us from the reality of who he is. He's no mask in a Halloween store, he's not what you see in the movies. He is an active, violent, anti-God personal reality. And as much as we refuse to admit it, he lives through us. He uses us to carry out his unspeakable deeds. For we are his pawns, we are his demons on Earth. We satiate his hunger. If you have the...
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Alternate Versions

Original Version (now "Festival Cut"...) has a duration of 90 minutes. Theatrical Version is dated 2017. See more »

Connections

References End of Days (1999) See more »

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Am i Evil?
Performed by Metallica
Courtesy of Blackened Recordins, Inc.
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An Excellent Original Horror Film
18 March 2017 | by BigZ_7337See all my reviews

I was anxiously awaiting this film's release because I loved the director's previous film, The Loved Ones, and this movie had a really cool trailer. So I watched it last night and absolutely loved it. I really enjoyed how it played with a lot of the common horror tropes, as a result creating something very original and different. The set-up of the movie has been done hundreds of times, where a family moves into a new house after the previous occupants died. At first you think it's going to be something like Amityville, but The Devil's Candy switches things up by having the murderer of the previous occupants still being alive. There are also some very interesting things where it seems like the father, who is an artist, might also be hearing voices, and maybe the house is haunted, or perhaps he's just catching a glimpse into the mind of the crazed killer and/or his victims. Whatever it is, it's inspiring him and his art in a way nothing else has. So there's a temptation to embrace whatever's happening or fight against it.

All of the acting in the film is very well done, and I loved how every character was unique. The father and daughter have a really interesting relationship, and they're both metal heads. The mom has a little less characterization, but she's still definitely not generic. The killer (that kind of looks like an evil Santa Claus) was great too; he was definitely a creepy demented person. My only problem with the film is that it is a pretty short movie at around 1 hour and 17 minutes. I would have liked a couple of more scenes with the family just existing before everything gets weird, or even more of a buildup of the evil presence or whatever it was before the end of the movie.

Still, I'd highly recommend this film, especially if you're a fan of original horror movies. If you want to see my video review for the film, here's the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OO9-dBTeClU


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