The Devil’s Candy was my most recent Netflix recommendation and it was definitely an interesting movie to sit through. There are a couple things that specifically stood out to me while watching this move. For instance, Pruitt Taylor Vince’s character (Ray) is very “one note” in this role, but he plays it simply brilliant. His mannerisms give him the facade of being a harmless person, but when we see his true colors, the result is horrifying. Made only more horrifying by the victims, who are all young girls. The Devil’s Candy is apparently young girls, or am I taking the title too literally? Either way, there are definitely satanic forces at work in this film, and they’re all connected by a house. A haunted house, if you will.
The second thing that stood out to me is the “protagonist” or lack there of in this movie. We have a family of three that moves into the haunted house, but we don’t know much about them besides the dad is a painter. I think he’s supposed to be the protagonist, but the movie doesn’t give me many reasons to root for him. He starts painting demons and fire, like the day after they move into the house! He also can’t seem to pick up his daughter from school on time, and there’s plenty of foreshadowing going on to remind us of that. The only reason that I can see to root for this guy is because I want him to save his daughter, but even then, I don’t have much faith in him. I found myself rooting more for the daughter once I realized how unfortunately incompetent her dad was.
Spoiler: There is a scene in this movie that I remember quite vividly. After one failed attempt, Ray captures Zooey (the daughter) and has her duct taped in a motel bathroom. At this point in the movie, we already know her fate because we’ve seen Ray do this with another victim. She wakes up to Ray above her and she begins to panic. Ray goes into the other room to change into his killing outfit and you can see Zooey’s panic evolve from hysteria to under control as she works to free herself. It’s a very intense scene and it feels like it takes an eternity for her to barely manage to wriggle her arms free and then her legs. The entire time Zooey is in the bathroom attempting to escape, we see Ray creeping closer and closer to the bathroom. I think the director succeeded very much in that scene if he was trying to terrify me.
Recap: I wouldn’t watch this with your children, but if you’re in the mood for a frightening film, you may enjoy this one!