Thursday, September 14, 2017

Film Review: The Devil's Candy (2015)

The Devil's Candy (Review)
United States/2015
Format Viewed for Review: Netflix Instant
Netflix Streaming: Yes
Amazon Prime: No

"...one of the best horror films I've seen this year."

After moving into a new house in rural Texas with his family, a struggling painter begins to experience bizarre visions of death and flames...

The Devil's Candy is a simple but effective film. The plot follows a small family—Jesse (Ethan Embry), a struggling painter, his wife Astrid, and their daughter Zooey—who decide to move into their dream house in rural Texas. However, their dream house at their dream price has a catch: a couple died there. They still move in and start settling in. Almost immediately, Jesse begins hearing eerie whispers. He suddenly feels inspired to paint a morbid image of children burning—and he can't stop painting it. Meanwhile, his family is tormented by a man, Ray (Pruitt Taylor Vince), who claims to have lived in their house. He becomes drawn to Zooey as he also fights the whispering voices in his head. It leads to a strong climax and ending, although certain scenes may be contrived.


The Devil's Candy was a great film. Hell, it was a fantastic film. I probably didn't sell it to you with my sloppy summary of the plot, but it is a great movie. In terms of plot and character, it is simple and effective. You don't get to know all of the characters—Astrid has zero depth for example—but you like them. Ray is also a very compelling antagonist. You can't help but feel bad for him and, at the same time, you can't help but hate him for his actions. That conflict really captivated me. The film's disturbing themes and acts of violence were also mesmerizing. It's the type of film you can't take your eyes off of. It is suspenseful, it's creepy, and it's disturbing. In a genre dominated by the supernatural, this is a welcomed breath of fresh air. I really don't have any significant complains for this film. There are a few minor issues here and there, but nothing stands out as truly bad.

The acting was great, too. Ethan Embry plays the role of a caring but crumbling father very well. Pruitt Taylor Vince stole the show, though. Vince had great range, creating the perfectly troubled character. The film was shot well—most of the time. Some of the nighttime scenes were a little too dark for my tastes, I really couldn't see everything. The music was great, matching the tone of the film. The film was written and directed by Sean Byrne. Byrne pulls great performances from his cast while creating a chilling, atmospheric horror experience—and without unnecessarily prolonging the film's runtime. I would love to see more from him.

Overall, The Devil's Candy is a fantastic movie. It's one of the best horror films I've seen this year. If you're looking for something dark, disturbing, and refreshing, this is for you. Don't miss it.

Score: 9/10
Parental Guide: Strong violence and blood.

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