The Devil's Candy
The Devil's Candy (2017)

An artist and his family think they've moved into the house of their dreams, but when he is possessed by a mysterious dark force the family must fight to save their souls.

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama, Horror
Release Date: March 17, 2017
DVD Release Date: September 19, 2017
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Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
90%
Flixster
User Score
64%



Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Devil's Candy playfully subverts horror tropes while serving up more than enough stylish thrills to satisfy genre enthusiasts.

Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

Sean Byrne's assured second feature is so in on the satanic joke, it sometimes feels like a comedy. In its final turn, it brings the pain; it's definitely a horror movie but a wonderfully witty one, not for gentle souls.

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Katie Rife
AV Club

The film moves so quickly that lingering tonal unease from scene to scene never really has time to stick, and little plot questions only start nagging after the last screaming lick over the end credits fades.

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Joe Reid
Decider

It's one of the scariest movies you can stream.

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Simon Abrams
RogerEbert.com

With The Devil's Candy, Byrne confirms his status as a filmmaker to watch.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

Mr. Byrne - relying almost entirely on a doom-metal soundtrack, game performers and a grungy palette of oily browns and moldy greens - somehow whips his ingredients into an improbably taut man-versus-Satan showdown.

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Ian Barr
Cinema Scope

Sadly, the film whiffs the baroque climactic good-versus-evil confrontation and trots out too many clichés getting there.

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Noel Murray
Los Angeles Times

What makes "The Devil's Candy" a standout is how well-developed these characters are. This is ultimately a movie about parenting, and how even "hip" moms and dads fear the choices they make are hurting their young.

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Barry Hertz
Globe and Mail

The Devil's Candy offers a lean and slick homage to occult films, but with a knowing edge that suggests director Sean Byrne is aiming for the critical rafters.

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Dustin Putman
TheFrightFile.com

"The Devil's Candy" is smart genre filmmaking, a taut juggling of the menacing and the character-centric.

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Flixster Audience Score: 64% Flixster User Reviews
Charles Brennan
What one earth this is doing with 92% is beyond me. It subverts absolutely nothing. It's just a bog-standard family-move-into-house-with-a-past yarn. Then… More
John Ross Dela Pena
Out of all those years that the horror genre has given the same disappointing movies with regards to this kind of story (about the beast and its activity), one… More
Gimly M.
Goes largely unresolved, but still has a good grasp of the technical aspects and some small amount of originality.
Jesse Ortega
You know, this is like my life story put to film. Lead character named Jesse? Check. This character is a metalhead? Check. Talented, but struggling,… More