The Devil’s Candy played Fantastic Fest 2015 alongside The Witch and The Blackcoat’s Daughter (then called February) and other Satanic/possession films, and it definitely felt like part of a movement that year. It features an artist (Ethan Embry) who moves his family (Shiri Appleby and Kiara Glasco) into a house whose former residents were brutally murdered by their not-quite-right, heavy metal loving, grown son (Pruitt Taylor Vince). As the family begins to get some strange vibes from their new house, the murdering son makes his way home to finish what he started.
Those of us who enjoyed Devil’s Candy started to worry when it didn’t see a release in 2016, like maybe its moment was passing it by. But now it’s coming this March from IFC, and seeing scenes from it again, I think it’s going to be just fine.
It’s that rare beast for horror fans - an original story, executed with no small amount of talent on either side of the camera, and delivering a mood that is uniquely its own, while still tying into a popular horror trend. It’s also got an icky whiff of true crime to its tone, a foot in reality that helps sell its more fantastical elements. I can’t wait for you guys to see it.
The Devil’s Candy is written and directed by Sean Byrne (The Loved Ones), and hits theaters, VOD and digital on March 17th.