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.


Please ju... just,

just take a hit.




Close your eyes.

Close your eyes.

Repeat after me..

We just bought a house.

- "We just bought a house."

- Yeah!

And it's a beautiful

f***in' house.

- "And it is a beautiful

f***ing house." -Yeah.

We're gonna be happy.

- "We're going to be happy."

'Cause we never have to look

at that view ever again.

Come here.

You make my eyes glow


What ever it is

feels like bliss

You make my heart burn


What ever it is

feels like bliss

You'll never know

I adore you

I get this pain in my head

Then comes the time

when I'm near you

I nearly fall on my

head spins meningitis!

What ever it is

feels like bliss

You're making my teeth shine


What ever it is

feels like bliss

You make me sick

when I see you

I get this pain in my head

Then comes the time

when I'm near you

I think I'm already dead

Already dead

already dead

Already dead

already dead

Already dead

already dead

Already dead

already dead

- County Sheriff's office,

open up.

Can you open up a little

so I can see?


- You know why I'm here?

I got a call

about some loud music.

What's your name?


- You gonna help us both out

and keep quiet, Ray?


- Let me hear you say it.

- I'm gonna help us both out

and keep quiet.

- Good. I don't want to have to

come back.

If I come back, I got no choice

but to give you a citation

or ticket

or worse,

place you under arrest.

I'd much rather not.



- It's never as bad

as you think.

Seriously, you just tough out

the first 30 minutes

and then the rest is gravy.

-I hate gravy.

- Alright,

go forth brave soldier.

Don't let your schooling get in the

way of your education, alright?

-Uh, yeah. I love you, dad.

Hey, Zo.

Oh, my God.


- I haven't gotten you

that good in ages.

- Yeah, that was,

that was hysterical.

That was super funny.

- Thank you.

-How was your first day?

-Sucked big time.

-Hey, hey.

It'll get better, I promise.

Okay, it just takes time.

Yeah, anything new,

it just takes time.

What happened to

the butterflies?

Jess? Jess?


Wh... where were you?


-Where were you?

- I'll get it!


There's someone here

and it's not the pizza man.


-I've got one just like that.

- A flying V.

You got a red Flying V?

I want a Gibson Flying V

like Kirk Hammett

from Metallica uses.

He is my favorite guitar hero.

I mean I asked mom and

dad to get one for my birthday

but you know, Gibsons

are really expensive

so I'm getting

a little cheaper...

-Excuse me.

Can I help you?

- Mmm.

I need to come home now.

This is mommy and daddy's house.

They're dead.

-Oh, my God. I'm so sorry.

- I'm really sorry about what

happened with your parents.

But yo... you don't live here


Okay. It... it's time for you

to leave.

- They won't let me

play it loud.

I need to play it loud.

-You need to leave, now.

- Dad.

- Jess..


- You need to leave

before I call the police.

Alright, that's it,

I'm calling the police.

I'm callin' 'em right now.

- You were mean.

You say, "treat everyone like

the way you want to be treated."

You didn't do that.


- Well, the poor guy, obviously

has something wrong with him

and his parents did just die

in our house.

-We've come to the place

where we joke

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