The Devil's Candy

Synopsis: Metal music, wet paint, and family are the passions of Jesse, a struggling painter who lives a happy life with his wife, Astrid, and their preteen daughter, Zooey. And things look even brighter when Jesse and Astrid are able to put in a bid on their dream home - a huge property in rural Texas with a barn big enough for a proper art studio - after the price is driven down due to the home's mysterious past. After the trio moves in, Jesse's work starts taking on a new, considerably darker flavour - and things get even more ominous when Ray, the hulking, clearly unbalanced son of the deceased former owners, appears on the doorstep one night, clutching a red electric guitar and asking to "return home." It soon becomes clear that Ray and Jesse are both being influenced by the same satanic forces, and that Jesse's family won't be safe until they find a way to quiet the Devil himself.
Director(s): Sean Byrne
Production: IFC Midnight
  2 wins & 6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
79 min




-Ah! Ah!


-Ray? Sweetie?

-Ah, I play it loud.

Like, I can't hear him.

- Pack your things, you're

going back to the hospital.

I'm calling daddy

and he is taking you back.

- No..

-Mom said you have to hurry.


- Is that the thing

for the bank?

- Yeah.

Yeah, that's a commission.

-Butterflies? So not metal.

-I know, I know, I agree.

But most people

don't like metal.

Most people's

taste is in their..

- Have you not showered yet?

We're late.

Killing inside

I am destruction

killing inside

Killing inside

I'm burning fear

killing inside

Killing inside

I am the killer

everyone dies

Look into my eyes

They come to murder

murder now

Everyone dies

Afflict them into a wall

- Guys, can we listen to


just a little bit less heavy?


- I'm not sure that's what

your mom had in mind.

-Wow. It's gorgeous.

Driving down the open road


Full of moonshine

to wear down the load there

When you look so fine

That I wanna

make you mine..

-Lived in Texas my whole life.

It's always been hot

but well, even Satan's praying

for it to rain.

As y'all can see,

everything's true

to the turn of

the century period.

- Yeah, I... I love this


- Special, ain't it?

- Yeah.

- And through here, north

facin', double hung windows.

Sunlight streamin' in.

I'm not one for flowery words,

but tranquil comes to mind.

- Zo, this is twice the size

of the room

that you have right now.

Have fun, you're not gonna see

any of them

with all the posters

that you have.

- If there's even

one teddy left..

You have to buy me some more.


- Yeah. Of course.

- Could make a mighty

fine bedroom

for a teenager down the track.

When she's ready

for some space of her own.

- This is gonna be

daddy's studio.

- Or a studio.

Yes, indeed.


By law I have to fess up

to any death in the house.

And in this case there were two.

-Um, sweetie.

I had left my bag in the car

and it's got some documents

I need.

- If you want me to leave,

just ask.


-And now you can't sell it

which is why the price

is so low.

-Next showings at eleven..

Got 'em lined up all day.

Folks love a bargain.

After all, what are we talkin'

about here?

A sweet little old lady

who accidentally

fell down the stairs,

and her dear old hubby

who couldn't stand

to live without her.

Sad, indeed..

But it's not like

Charlie Manson lived here.

- Can you give us a minute,


Thank you.

You don't find it creepy?

- What?

The couple?

- Yeah.

- No. No, I... I actually think

it's really romantic.

He loved her so much he couldn't

live another day without her.

-You just want this studio.

- What? No. I'm not even

thinkin' about this.

Can you hear that?

- What? What?

- Wait, shh.

- What do you mean, what?

-That right there.



You can't hear that?

- No, I can't hear that.

What is it?

- Buy me.

You don't hear that?

'Cause it's screaming at me

I can't ignore it.

-Can I help you?

I guess

it wasn't meant to be

But now you're gone

It's just

your love is like a drug

Your love..

- Zooey's gonna have to

change schools.

- She'll be alright,

she's a brave kid.

- It's like two buses for me

to get to the salon.

-Not if we get a second car.

- You have to do

more commissions.

We just, we cannot do this

on my salary alone.

I mean rent is one thing

but this... this is a serious


- I know, Astrid,

why do you think

I'm painting f***in' butterflies

for a bank

even though it makes me

want to puke?

Astrid, please, chill.

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