The Devil’s Candy (2015) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Sean Byrne
Starring: Ethan Embry, Shiri Appleby, Pruitt Taylor Vince
Rated: UR/Region A/2:40/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Scream Factory/IFC Midnight
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.
Oh, the evil of rock-n-roll! Or is it just the Devil in general? The Devil’s Candy is a movie I’m sure you’ve heard about, as it keeps getting a lot of praise and I can see why. The plot follows a family as they move into a house that has something very strange going on in it. Whatever that strangeness is, has already caused someone there to kill his family and now it is messing with the man of this house. Making matters worse, the same guy who killed his family is still on the run, but returning to the house and taking a liking to the young teenage girl there now. This movie can be really TENSE at times. This one has some hard to watch stuff in it here and there and you are never too sure just how far it will go. That unpredictable storytelling, violence, and eerie mood from start to finish are what makes this one what it is. The metal vibes also help a lot as well, as it can take its place along side many old school heavy metal influenced horror films from the past, but it may just top them all as far as quality goes.
One of the best things about this movie is actor Ethan Embry. I’m used to this guy being Preston from Can’t Hardly Wait and while I know he’s done darker roles, that’s always what I think of when I think of Ethan Embry. He pretty much reinvents himself here and his work is great. The character of Jesse here is one we really root for. As he struggles with his painting and then struggles to keep things together we really get behind him. I think the movie comes with a lot of great performances, but Ethan Embry is perhaps the MVP of the film. Is The Devil’s Candy one of the year’s best? I’d say so. If you like darker films then this is one you’ll want to see as soon as you can.
– Audio Commentary by Director Sean Byrne
– Behind the Scenes
– Visual Effects
– Advantage Satan Short Film
– Music Video
– Art Gallery
– Theatrical Trailer
Quality of Transfer: 96%