The Devil’s Candy is the story of Jesse Hellman, who is a pot-smoking, headbanging, painter. For Jesse, wife Astrid, and daughter Zooey, the city life is starting to get to them. When they find a house with a perfect detached building for Jesse to make his art, they jump on the opportunity to move to the countryside. They move in, Zooey prepares to go to a new school, and everything seems to be going well with their new lives. There’s only one problem—the adult son of the previous owners isn’t ready to say goodbye to the property just yet.
This man, Ray Smilie, is audibly haunted by the murmuring voice of the devil, portrayed as a deep rhythmic humming of what I can only describe as Latin. The demonic voice tells Ray that he must kill children because they are his favorite type of candy, presumably referring to their souls. Jesse is also haunted and seems to be compelled by the young spirits of Ray’s victims to find their missing bodies. When Ray comes for Zooey, Jesse has to save his family and uncover the group of buried suitcases that contain the bodies of Ray’s victims.
Music and Art
This film says a lot about the devil as a muse of music and art. In the film, there is heavy metal music with demon related lyrics of which the Hellman’s head-bang to. Also, when Ray hears the voice of the devil, he is seen playing an electric guitar to drown out the noise. After moving into the new house, Jesse’s art turns dark; he paints an upside down cross and a collage in which Zooey is being burned alive. To be fair, satanic things have been the subject of art for centuries, such as the works of Dürer and Musi. Though The Devil’s Candy wasn’t my favorite horror movie this month, I did enjoy these artful aspects and give the film a three out of five stars.