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The Candy Snatchers (1973)

The Candy Snatchers (1973)




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A gang of ruthless but inept kidnappers pull off a crime with startling and unexpected consequences in this tough, nervy thriller which has won a cult following. Candy Phillips (Susan Sennett) is a sixteen-year-old student at an exclusive private Catholic school who, while walking home from school, is suddenly dragged into a waiting van that quickly speeds away. Candy has been kidnapped by an unlikely team of criminals -- pretty but hard-edged Jessie (Tiffany Bolling), her psychopathic brother Alan (Brad David), and Eddy (Vincent Martorano), a misfit Army veteran who only wants to own his own bowling alley. Jessie and her cohorts have learned that Candy's father Avery Phillips (Ben Piazza) is the manager of an upscale jewelry store, and after burying Candy in a coffin-like box on the outskirts of the desert (with a pipe for ventilation), they send Avery a message informing him they'll release Candy in exchange for 500,000 dollars in jewels. However, come the next morning, Avery has failed to respond to their demands, and an attempt to coerce payment from him leads to the discovery he has no intention of rescuing Candy. The Candy Snatchers was the only directorial credit for television writer Guerdon Trueblood; his young son Christopher Trueblood (billed as Christophe) appears in the film as an autistic child who happens upon Candy and tries to help.


Dolores Dorn
as Katherine Phillips
Christophe Clark
as Sean Newton
Jerry Butts
as Dudley Newton
Bonnie Boland
as Audrey Newton
Leon Charles
as Dudley's Boss
Rosella Kronman
as Boss's Wife
Bill Woodard
as Charlie
Earl Hansen
as Gun Store Owner
Harry Kronman
as Deli Store Owner
John Bill
as Policeman
James Whitworth
as Phone Man
Howard Shoup
as Jewelry Store Salesman
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Critic Reviews for The Candy Snatchers

All Critics (6)

If nothing else, all the sleaze gets your attention in this neglected cult film and keeps you interested even if it repels you.

Full Review… | April 30, 2014
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Not a classic, but an unjustly forgotten oldie from the golden age of violent exploitation ...

Full Review… | August 4, 2008

Off-beat '70s drive-in fare about a kidnapping gone awry. Exhibits a twisted sense of humor that put it years ahead of its time. Tarantino obviously got a few ideas from this one.

September 1, 2007

... a forgotten classic of cynical drive-in noir, a perfectly nasty seventies exploitation film with a vicious sense of doom.

Full Review… | December 14, 2005
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Audience Reviews for The Candy Snatchers


Three morons kidnap a young girl named Candy in hopes that her dad, who manages a diamond store, will give them lots of money in diamonds in exchange for her life. The only witness to the crime is an autistic kid who can't speak and is constantly belittled by his asshole mother. The kidnappers plan falls apart when it turns out the diamond store manager is actually a stepdad, who stands to gain a ton of money in the event if Candy's death, so he is in no hurry to pay up. The film is weird, it has bad acting and characters that are all over the place. It can be fun though, if you are looking for a bad 70s grindhouse movie.

Ken Scheck
Ken Scheck

Finally gave this sleazy little gem a look after tracking down the OOP DVD for a somewhat reasonable price. Loved it from start to finish, everything you'd want from the Exploitation and Sexpolitation of the '70s, though I was saddened to hear that the lovely Tiffany Bolling has a low opinion of her work from this period and has gone all Right-Wing type in her later years. Well worth a look, track that mother down!

Bill Bryant
Bill Bryant

Excellent, sordid, exploitation crime shocker. Made in the same vein as teh far inferior Last House on the Left, this rises above the genre to be a well acted, nicely paced nihilistic film with a great story involving kidnapping and double-crosses. The opening song claims again and again, "Money is the root of all happiness" and this film does it's damndest to prove it wrong. Slimeball characters discard any morality to get what they want. Granted there is a sympathetic character or 2, but even they are very flawed. An excellent film that I'm very happy has been pulled from the underground and has been given a mainstream release.

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