Sep 192017
 

The Devil’s Candy doesn’t entirely break new ground in the supernatural horror realm, it is still well done film written and directed by Sean Byrne, a rising talent who I hope gets more opportunities.

 

 

The Devil’s Candy
(2015)

Genre(s): Horror, Fantasy
Shout Factory/IFC | NR – 80 min. – $22.97 | September 26, 2017

Date Published: 09/19/2017 | Author: The Movieman

 


MOVIE INFO:
Directed by: Sean Byrne
Writer(s): Sean Byrne (written by)
Cast: Ethan Embry, Shiri Appleby, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Kiara Glasco
DISC INFO:
Features: Commentary, Featurette, Short Film, Music Video, Gallery, Theatrical Trailer
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1), English (DTS-HD MA 2.0)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 2.40
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Disc Size: 26.8 GB
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A

 


THE MOVIE — 3.5/5


Plot Synopsis: Diehard metalhead 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 bought at an unbelievable price 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.

Quick Hit Review: The Devil’s Candy has garnered high praise from both critics and audiences and while I did like that it’s not the usual clichéd horror-fantasy, though there were shades of The Amityville Horror in there, I didn’t really find it that effective in terms of any scares or shocks. It’s nice to see Ethan Embry in a larger role even if his hair reminds you have Jesus; Shiri Appleby makes for a lovely mother/wife; the young Kiara Glasco probably is the standout as their teenage daughter; and Pruitt Taylor Vince is absolutely creepy as the film’s antagonist, possessed by an evil spirit.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 2.5/5


This release comes with reversible cover art revealing the film’s original poster artwork. The features aren’t bad with an Audio Commentary with writer/director Sean Byrne; Behind the Scenes (3:22; HD) on the visual effects for the finale; “Advantage Satan” Short Film (10:52; HD); a Music Video (5:42; HD) for “Blackfire” by Goya; an Art Gallery (2:48; HD) with production notes and drawings; and the Theatrical Trailer (2:13; HD).

 


VIDEO – 3.5/5


The Devil’s Candy comes to Blu-ray through Shout Factory shown with a 2.40 widescreen aspect ratio and a 1080p high-definition transfer. The picture isn’t terrible but it really starts off bad with a dark scene that was way too dark, to the point where I couldn’t see what the hell was going on. But after that, the video does brighten up and detail there is decent enough.

AUDIO – 4.0/5


The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track is rather robust given the amount of heavy metal music there is and the LFE channel really kicks in at some key moments, though it was more of the floor-shaking variety. Dialogue levels do sound good and any ambient noises make good usage of the rear channels. For those listening through television speakers or smaller speakers, there is a 2.0 channel option.

 


OVERALL – 3.0/5


Overall, The Devil’s Candy doesn’t entirely break new ground in the supernatural horror realm, it is still well done film written and directed by Sean Byrne, a rising talent who I hope gets more opportunities. The Blu-ray released through Shout Factory offers good video and audio transfers and an okay selection of bonus features.

 

 

 

 

Check out some more 1080p screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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