The Devil's Candy Reviews

February 2, 2018
[Pruitt Taylor Vince] knocks it out of the park in this movie. Just about every time he walked on frame he just gave me chills. He's such an unsettling presence in this film.
April 20, 2017
The Devil's Candy isn't particularly bloody in and of itself. It suggests acts of terrible evil far more than it shows, and is all the more intense for it. Highly recommended.
April 3, 2017
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.
March 17, 2017
A terrifying heavy metal treat worth savoring.
March 17, 2017
With The Devil's Candy, Byrne confirms his status as a filmmaker to watch.
March 16, 2017
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.
March 16, 2017
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.
March 15, 2017
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.
June 13, 2016
This is a horror film made in the true spirit of metal: just like the music it's inspired by, it's loud and sometimes gruesome but also winningly earnest.
March 7, 2016
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.
March 4, 2016
The Devil's Candy is the complete midnight movie package. It's got characters to root for, a clever narrative, and a spot-on mix of scares-those that are brimming with energy and others that'll seep in and mess with your head.
March 4, 2016
Byrne's artful use of image and sound takes the narrative to a whole new level. Heavy metal music dominates the soundtrack, as well as the characters' lives, providing an ideal conduit for the demonic forces lurking beneath the story's surface.
March 4, 2016
This is thrasher as rounded character, not stoner buffoon, and that alone makes The Devil's Candy stand out from the crowd.
February 29, 2016
presents itself as an archetypal clash of good & evil, & wraps itself in Christian iconography & ideology, [but] its conflict takes place as much within as between Jesse & Ray, so that its drama of errant masculinity comes with a psychological edge.
September 19, 2015
It is a lean, mean, tight (under 80 minutes) thriller that draws from other films like it without feeling derivative.
September 17, 2015
Accomplished visually and busy sonically, it nonetheless falls short with a story of rock 'n' roll demonic possession that scarcely begins to exploit the ideas embedded in its serviceable premise.
September 16, 2015
A beautifully calibrated horror movie in which the themes are as potent as the suspense, The Devil's Candy establishes its characters first, which makes their eventual and inevitable descent into terror all the more gripping.