31 Days of Horror 2018: Day 26- The Devil’s Candy

Day 26 on our dive into dark cinema, and up today for your viewing pleasure is the 2015 film The Devil’s Candy. Jesse (Ethan Embry) is a struggling artist, trying to make a life with his wife, Astrid (Shiri Appleby). and bonding with his daughter Zooey (Kiara Glasco) over heavy metal music. They move into an isolated farmhouse, which, unfortunately for the family, had been previously owned by a man who had been driven mad by satanic voices. Now Jesse begins to hear those voices, and dark visions begin to influence his art. 8/10 stars

The Devil’s Candy is a very lean horror film, clocking in at a mere 79 minutes, and not a minute is really wasted. Director Sean Byrne (The Loved Ones) does a nice job at balancing family drama and the horror scenes, with the film having a very Rob Zombie feel to it. Embry (Convergence, Late Phases) does a nice job as the artist wanting to be both dad and friend to his daughter, and then needs to rise up to be her protector. Pruitt Taylor Vince (Heroes Reborn) is nicely chilling as the simple yet demon driven killer and former owner of the house. The film does build some nice suspense, has some tense action sequences, and boasts a decent heavy metal soundtrack. Better than I thought it would be, and worth a look. Now showing on Netflix and available on Blu-ray/DVD.