Blu-ray Review: THE DEVIL’S CANDY

THE DEVIL’S CANDY was written and directed by Sean Byrne and stars Ethan Embry, Shiri Appleby, Kiara Glasco, Tony Amendola and Pruitt Taylor Vince. The movie features the music of Metallica, Slayer, Pantera, and Sunn O.

Metal rules…but Hell is eternal. A family faces off with evil itself in a house from hell in this hard-rocking shocker. Diehard metal-head and struggling artist Jesse (Ethan Embry) moves with his wife (Shiri Appleby) and daughter (Kiara Glasco) to a rural Texas town, unaware that the house they got for an unbelievable deal comes with a grisly history. Their dream home turns into a nightmare as disturbing demonic occurrences culminate with the appearance of Ray (Pruitt Taylor Vince), the home’s former resident – who’s destined to do the devil’s bidding.

The opening scene of The Devil’s Candy sets everything up and shows Ray commit this unspeakable act of terror. The movie then moves forward and focuses on this struggling painter, his wife and their daughter who ends up moving into their new dream home where all of this carnage took place earlier. Of course, they’re unaware that all of this happened when they buy the house but it doesn’t take long for the terror to start up again. Jesse is seeing strange visions while he’s painting and Ray all of a sudden shows back up and sets his eyes on the couple’s young daughter to be his latest sacrifice to satan. The family goes through this terrifying nightmare while fighting off this possessed maniac who just keeps coming after the young girl. The finale not only shows this family go up against this evil invader but Jesse finally learns what these visions he’s been having mean.

Okay, there’s so much I liked about this low budget supernatual shocker so here we go. Sean Byrne’s story was interesting and he did a great job bringing it all to life on screen. He captured some intense performances throughout the watch. There’s also some impressive cinematography in the movie. Now to the cast who did a fantastic job with their characters and were all fun to follow. Ethan Embry and Kiara Glasco play this likable father daughter head-banging duo. They’re more like best friends than anything else. I like Ethan Embry in pretty much any role he tackles and here lately he’s been in some really good horror movies. Shiri Appleby does a good job as the grounded wife who puts up with her metal heads. Last but not least there’s Pruitt Taylor Vince who always delivers in whatever role he takes on. This guy knows creepy and he delivers a crazy performance that’ll leave the viewer in an uncomfortable state of shock.

The front of the packaging features the creepy cool artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features some alternate artwork and movie details. The Blu-ray disc also features its own individual artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio for this release.

Bottom line is, The Devil’s Candy ended up being a really cool and intense watch from beginning to end. It’s hard to come up with anything new these days as far as the horror genre goes but Sean Byrne kind of pulled it off with this interesting story that’s complimented by this talented cast that delivers some powerful performances. Each character delivers some emotional highs and lows in this unsettling watch that’s full of darkness and dread. This is also one of those rare horror treats that it more character driven and doesn’t necessarily depend on the blood and gore thing, even though there is a little of the red stuff in it. There’s also some impressive visual effects created for key scenes but it’s all used sparingly. To top this off there’s also some killer music in the movie that thrashers are sure to enjoy. All in all this is one of my favorite horror movies of the year and one of the best from the awesome Scream Factory and IFC Midnight dream team. The Devil’s Candy makes its debut on Blu-ray on September 26th and is definitely worth checking out.

Distributor: Scream Factory / IFC Midnight

Run Time: 80 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0

Subtitles: English and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include some audio commentary, a behind-the-scenes visual effects featurette, the “Advantage Satan” short film, a music video, an art gallery, and a theatrical trailer.

  • Commentary with director Sean Byrne
  • Behind-the-Scenes Visual Effects (03:22)
  • “Advantage Satan” Short Film (10:52)
  • Music Video (05:42)
  • Art Gallery (02:48)
  • Theatrical Trailer (02:13)


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