The Devil's Candy Movie Review
Moody, hypnotic and unpredictable, The Devil’s Candy works until it becomes none of those things. Hyped as the next best thing, The Devil’s Candy is at best your standard demonic horror film with a fresh coat of paint.
Not that there's anything wrong with that, especially if the paint is made of blood.
Former teen heartthrob Ethan Embry is terrific as an obsessed painter who, driven by some unseen force, begins painting a horrific masterpiece - which could lead to fame and fortune, but also the destruction of his family.
Writer/director Sean Byrne is the real star, however, painting an atmospheric thriller that lives and breathes its moody score and draws you in with dark tentacles. The story doesn't matter as much as the feel of the film, and the film feels like a child spawned in the pits of hell.
The problem is that The Devil’s Candy isn't as original or complex as it lets on; as much as it keeps you guessing, as much as it throws sacrificial babies to the fire, in the end, it's just another horror movie that doesn't quite know how to end things, and so it ends things in a shockingly predictable (and unsatisfying) way. The movie never stops looking fantastic, but the story falls short.
The Devil’s Candy has a lot to like, but not enough to love.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.