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Bryan’s Favorites of 2017

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Look, I don’t think I’m speaking out of turn when I say that 2017 was a garbage year for a lot of people, but it’s important to note that periods of turmoil often produce meaningful horror movies. For what it’s worth, it looks like 2017 has done just that, with a myriad of terrific movies from a variety of sources. So, without further ado, here are some of my horror highlights from the last 12 months:

It: I’m going to get this one out of the way early, not because I didn’t love it, but because I’m sure it’s on a lot of people’s lists, and you’ve already heard a ton about it. The huge hype over It actually kept me from watching it at first, as I have that rare disease that repels me from things that a bunch of people enjoy.
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Halloween 2017: Heavy Metal Horror Double Feature – Deathgasm and The Devil’S Candy

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[To get you into the spooky spirit, the Daily Dead team is spotlighting double features that we think would be fun to watch this Halloween season. Keep an eye on Daily Dead for more double feature recommendations, and check here for our previous Halloween 2017 coverage.]

This October, get ready to rock (queue bending guitar notes). Because Daily Dead productions brings you the rock event of the season with Heavy Metal Halloween (queue random explosion noises). Live, from whatever venue you want to call your house, we’ve got two face-melting, pants-dropping flicks that are sure to leave your guests on their knees worshipping at the altar of the gods of rock (queue the Rob Halford knock-off kind of, sort of, not really hitting a high note).

Okay, don’t worry. I’m not going to keep using the crappy concert ad gimmick, but this feature is going to lean heavy on the heavy metal. Think of this Halloween season double feature recommendation as an opening act and headliner that will make for a great show where metal is the connective thread, but each movie has its own tone and themes that will give at least
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The Devil’S Candy – Review

Review by Jake Billingsley

Fire is commonly associated with passion and assertive action in philosophy; Sean Byrne’s latest feature The Devil’S Candy has plenty of the three. In only his second feature film, Byrne paints traditional horror elements through a satanic platform. Some of these elements provide a timeless effect and some have been dragged through the horror landscape for far too long.

The film’s core action takes place in a rural Texas landscape. It is the cliche story of a family moving into a new house that brings strange consequences. Have we traveled across this landscape before? Jesse Hellman, played by Ethan Embry, is the artist within the film; Embry gives a fine performance. Hellman is the type of guy you look at and imagine to be a rockstar, but on the other end his facial composure is comparable to Jesus. He paints butterflies for the
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September 26th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include The Devil’S Candy, 47 Meters Down, It Stains The Sands Red

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As we inch our way closer to the holiest of months, October, this final Tuesday of September boasts an eclectic array of genre-related home entertainment releases, including several great movies I fell in love with earlier this year: The Devil’s Candy, It Stains the Sands Red, and 47 Meters Down. For you cult cinema fans out there, it’s going to be a busy week for your wallet, as we have an array of horror and sci-fi titles heading home, including the SteelBook edition of Bride of Re-Animator, the director’s cut of Cannibal Ferox, Lucio Fulci’s The Devil’s Honey, as well as Orgy of the Dead and Psychos in Love from Vinegar Syndrome.

Other notable releases for Tuesday, September 26th include After Midnight, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (in 4K), A Quiet Place in the Country, The Stake Land Collection, John Carpenter’s Escape from L.A. on Blu-ray,
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Horror Highlights: Spooker-Roo Spectacular at the Pike Drive-In Theatre, The Devil’S Candy Blu-ray, Realive, The Lodgers

The Pike Drive-In Theater in Montgomery, Pa, has an upcoming double feature that will leave horror fans squirming with antici... pation, as they will host back-to-back screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead this September. In addition to more details on that event, we also have The Devil's Candy Blu-ray, the Realive trailer, and key art and stills from The Lodgers in today's Horror Highlights.

Spookerroo Spectacular Returns to the Pike Drive-in Theater: Press Release: "The Pike Drive-in Theater in Montgomery, Pa is bringing a unique screening of two of among the most popular, retro horror classics of all time Friday and Saturday Night Sept. 15 and 16, 2017.

The double feature playing each night will be The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), the cult horror comedy musical and long-time midnight screening perennial at indoor theaters, and the original (1978) Dawn of the Dead, the zombies-invade-a-shopping-mall
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Review — ‘The Devil’s Candy’ Blasts Genre Thrills and the Devil’s Music Into Your Soul

‘The Devil’s Candy’ Blasts Genre Thrills and the Devil’s Music Into Your Heathen SoulThe director of ‘The Loved Ones’ returns with another intense and suspenseful thriller.

Writer/director Sean Byrne’s debut feature, The Loved Ones, blew festival audiences (including us) away back in 2009 with thrills and suspense born from seeing a character we truly cared about fighting for his life against increasingly twisted and violent odds. It took three years before it actually opened in the Us, but it was worth the wait. Now Byrne’s equally intense follow-up film is finally being released… after premiering at film fests nearly two years ago.

Once again though, The Devil’s Candy is a blistering, intimate, heavy metal-tinged horror/thriller worth waiting for as it drops a loving family into a devilish nightmare where each violent chord brings them closer to a grim and grisly fate.

Jesse (Ethan Embry), Astrid (Shiri Appleby), and their teenage daughter
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Interview: Writer / Director Sean Byrne on Facing His Fears with The Devil’S Candy

Out in limited theaters and on VOD this Friday from IFC Midnight is The Devil’s Candy, which was written and directed by Sean Byrne (the creative force behind the equally fantastic thriller The Loved Ones). The film stars Ethan Embry as an embattled father who will stop at nothing to keep his family—and particularly his daughter, Zooey (Kiara Glasco)—safe from devilish forces in the form of a possessed man named Ray (portrayed by the always engaging Pruitt Taylor Vince).

Daily Dead recently had the chance to speak with Byrne about how his latest film became a way to explore his own fears and insecurities—both personally and professionally—and how he enjoys trying to subvert horror fans' expectations whenever he takes the directorial reins. Byrne also discussed his thoughts on celebrating heavy metal culture for The Devil’s Candy, collaborating with his cast, and more.

I really
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Sean Byrne Talks ‘The Devil’s Candy’ and Its Dark Spin on Occult Horror

The director opens up about how his fears inspired the heavy metal infused homage.

It’s hard to adequately describe The Devil’s Candy, Australian director Sean Byrne’s follow up to 2009’s The Loved Ones. The film, which premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival and was eventually picked up by IFC Midnight for U.S. distribution, is a pastiche of occult horror, demonic possession, and religious mania, while also offering viewers a truly poignant family drama. It’s a pure treat for horror fans but above all else, it’s metal as fuck — literally.

The Devil’s Candy follows the not-so-ordinary Hellman family who move into an isolated but spacious Texas farmhouse, which may be a gateway to something sinister. Ethan Embry stars as Jesse, a struggling painter, who bonds with his daughter, Zooey (Kiara Glasco), over their shared love of heavy metal music. Shiri Appleby rounds up the family as Astrid, the
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Movie Review: The Devil’s Candy plays its heavy-metal horror riff fast and loud

Heavy metal and horror movies go together like chocolate and peanut butter, not least because of their shared fascination with Satan. The relationship between the trio goes back to the days when Ozzy Osbourne and his bandmates decided to name Black Sabbath after the Mario Bava movie playing across the street from their rehearsal space, and Australian filmmaker Sean Byrne (The Loved Ones) revisits it once more for his sophomore horror feature, The Devil’s Candy. This time around, though, Byrne adds a twist by appealing to a growing and under-represented segment of the extreme art forms’ shared fan base: parents.

A long-haired, tattooed Ethan Embry stars as Jesse Hellman, a struggling painter who has passed on his love of all things metal to his preteen daughter, Zooey (Kiara Glasco). Along with his wife, loving and tolerant hair stylist Astrid (Shiri Appleby), Jesse just bought a house in the countryside
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Movie Review – The Devil’s Candy (2015)

The Devil’s Candy, 2015

Directed by Sean Byrne

Starring Ethan Embry, Shiri Appleby, Kiara Glasco, Pruitt Taylor Vince

Synopsis:

A metalhead painter and his young family find themselves stalked by satanic forces after moving into a derelict house in the countryside.

You only have to look as far as last year’s Deathgasm, Brutal Legend or even just anything Motörhead have ever touched to know that heavy metal stereotypes and demonic possession have walked hand in hand in horror fiction for what feels like eternity. Sean Byrne’s latest, the long-awaited follow-up to his 2009 Australian cult hit The Loved Ones (if you know, you know) tries its darnedest to just about un-marry all of these lazy assumptions and obvious links and for the most part, delivers something deeply original and dare I say it, totally far out.

Just as demented, but a whole lot less funny than his debut, Byrne
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High Stakes in Horror: Talking The Devil's Candy with Sean Byrne

If you missed it on the festival circuit, Sean Byrne's The Devil's Candy, starring Ethan Embry (Cheap Thrills, Fashionista, Can't Hardly Wait), Pruitt Taylor Vince (Heavy, Monster), Kiara Glasco (Maps To The Stars, Bitten) and Shiri Appleby (Unreal, Roswell) is coming to a theater or TV near you this Friday. You can see the film in select theaters and on VOD and digital platforms on March 17th from IFC Midnight.   Byrne, who previously directed the fan favorite cult horror film The Loved Ones, is back with another fantastic piece of filmmaking. Far from your typical home invasion flick, The Devil's Candy makes you care deeply about its characters. They're not your typical family, for starters. They love heavy metal and weird art, and the family's dad Jesse (Ethan Embry) is a full-time...

[Read the whole post on screenanarchy.com...]
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Contest: Win The Devil’S Candy Poster Autographed by Ethan Embry

With Sean Byrne's long-awaited second feature film, The Devil's Candy, coming out in select theaters and on VOD and digital platforms beginning March 17th, IFC Midnight recently unveiled artist Ken Taylor's eye-grabbing artwork for the film, and we've been provided with one poster autographed by the film's lead actor, Ethan Embry, to give away to one lucky Daily Dead reader.

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Prize Details: (1) Winner will receive (1) The Devil's Candy poster (see below) autographed by Ethan Embry.

How to Enter: We're giving Daily Dead readers multiple chances to enter and win:

1. Instagram: Following us on Instagram during the contest period will give you an automatic contest entry. Make sure to follow us at:

https://www.instagram.com/dailydead/

2. Email: For a chance to win via email, send an email to contest@dailydead.com with the subject “The Devil's Candy Poster Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.
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Horror film The Devil’s Candy gets a new illustrated poster

Ahead of its release this coming Monday, IFC has unveiled another new poster has arrived online from renowned illustrator Ken Taylor for the upcoming horror The Devil’s Candy; take a look here…

See Also: Watch the trailer for The Devil’s Candy here

A not-so-average family wrestles with Satan in a house from hell in this heavy metal-charged shocker from the director of The Loved Ones. Diehard metalhead and struggling artist Jesse (Ethan Embry) moves with his wife (Shiri Appleby) and daughter (Kiara Glasco) to a middle-of-nowhere Texas town, unaware that the new house they got for an unbelievable deal comes with a grisly history. Disturbing demonic goings-on culminate with the appearance of Ray (The Walking Dead’s Pruitt Taylor Vince). He’s the home’s former resident, and he’s here to do the Devil’s bidding. The cranked-to-eleven soundtrack blasts Metallica, Slayer, Pantera, and a thunderous original
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March 2017 VOD Releases Include The Devil’S Candy, Prevenge

Genre fans should get excited, as March’s VOD releases are a stellar bunch and should keep you busy through the entire month. Things kick off with Mike Mendez’s Don’t Kill It and The Institute, which was co-directed by James Franco. March 7th is a busy day, with five VOD releases—Bloodrunners, Devil in the Dark, Galaxy of Horrors, Johnny Frank Garrett’s Last Word, and The Lesson—and both Elle and The Devil’s Candy make their digital debuts the following week.

Prevenge rounds out March’s digital releases, as it has been exclusively picked up by the fine folks at Shudder, and other notable VOD releases for the month include Lavender (which expands from its exclusive Dish premiere in February), Passengers, Atomica, and House on Willow Street.

Don’t Kill It (Archstone Distribution) – March 3rd

An ancient evil is unleashed in a small Mississippi town, leaving
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New poster for The Devil’s Candy

Last week we brought you a trailer for The Devil’s Candy [watch it here], and now IFC Midnight has released an illustrated poster for the the upcoming horror, crafted by renowned artist Ken Taylor; check it out below…

A not-so-average family wrestles with Satan in a house from hell in this heavy metal-charged shocker from the director of The Loved Ones. Diehard metalhead and struggling artist Jesse (Ethan Embry) moves with his wife (Shiri Appleby) and daughter (Kiara Glasco) to a middle-of-nowhere Texas town, unaware that the new house they got for an unbelievable deal comes with a grisly history. Disturbing demonic goings-on culminate with the appearance of Ray (The Walking Dead’s Pruitt Taylor Vince). He’s the home’s former resident, and he’s here to do the Devil’s bidding. The cranked-to-eleven soundtrack blasts Metallica, Slayer, Pantera, and a thunderous original score by doom rock legends Sunn O))).

The
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Lock Eyes with The Devil’S Candy Poster Artwork by Ken Taylor

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We've been eager for Daily Dead readers to see Sean Byrne's The Devil's Candy since it screened at Fantastic Fest back in 2015, and with its release nearly upon us, the movie's eye-catching new poster artwork by Ken Taylor has been unveiled.

Written and directed by Byrne, The Devil's Candy will be released in select theaters and on VOD and digital platforms beginning March 17th from IFC Midnight. Produced by Keith Calder and Jessica Calder, the film stars Ethan Embry, Shiri Appleby, Pruitt Taylor Vince, and Kiara Glasco. In case you missed it, check out Kalyn Corrigan's Fantastic Fest review of The Devil's Candy.

"In The Devil’S Candy, Jesse, a struggling artist, moves with his wife and daughter into their dream house in rural Texas, the price driven down by the property’s dark past. Their lives soon begin to unravel as the demonic forces lurking in the house
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Heavy Metal-charged horror The Devil’s Candy gets a trailer

With just a under month to go until its release, IFC Midnight has released a trailer for writer-director Sean Byrne’s upcoming horror The Devil’s Candy which stars Ethan Embry, Shiri Appleby, Kiara Glasco, and Pruitt Taylor Vince; check it out below after the official synopsis…

A not-so-average family wrestles with Satan in a house from hell in this heavy metal-charged shocker from the director of The Loved Ones. Diehard metalhead and struggling artist Jesse (Ethan Embry) moves with his wife (Shiri Appleby) and daughter (Kiara Glasco) to a middle-of-nowhere Texas town, unaware that the new house they got for an unbelievable deal comes with a grisly history. Disturbing demonic goings-on culminate with the appearance of Ray (The Walking Dead’s Pruitt Taylor Vince). He’s the home’s former resident, and he’s here to do the Devil’s bidding. The cranked-to-eleven soundtrack blasts Metallica, Slayer, Pantera, and
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Trailer for Ethan Embry's The Devil's Candy Looks Like a Hellishly Good Horror Film

I enjoy a good horror flick, and this one definitely looks like it'll be worth checking out! I've been hearing great things about it from people who have already seen it, so I was pretty excited to finally see a trailer. It looks like a great horror film that lives up to the hype. The movie premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, and it currently boasts a 90% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

The film stars Ethan Embry (Can't Hardly Wait, Empire Records) as "a struggling artist and metalhead who moves with his wife (Shiri Appleby) and daughter (Kiara Glasco) to a new house with a grisly history in rural Texas. Things begin to unravel for the family with the appearance of Ray (Pruitt Taylor Vince), a previous occupant of the abode and all-around disturbed-seeming personage."

As you'll see in the trailer, the film has a heart-pounding intensity that I dig. The
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Official Trailer for Satanic Possession Horror Tale 'The Devil's Candy'

"It's like it flowed through me. I don't remember painting this." IFC Midnight has unveiled the trailer for a horror film titled The Devil's Candy, a creepy satanic possession tale about a struggling painter who moves into a home in Texas. Ethan Embry stars as the father of a young family who is possessed by satanic forces, creating some freaky artwork. The cast includes Shiri Appleby, Kiara Glasco and Pruitt Taylor Vince. This is from the same filmmaker who made the cult horror hit The Loved Ones, and the film first premiered at festivals a few years ago. It looks intense, though I'm not sure why it took years to be released. Here's the new official trailer (+ poster) for Sean Byrne's The Devil's Candy, originally from EW.com: A struggling painter (Ethan Embry) is possessed by satanic forces after he and his young family move into their dream home in rural Texas,
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Watch the Trailer for The Devil’S Candy

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Since The Devil's Candy made its world premiere at Tiff in 2015, horror fans have been eager to see what filmmaker Sean Byrne has in store for them in his first feature film since The Loved Ones (2009). With his new movie coming out in the Us this March, the wait is nearly over, and to get an idea of what to expect, IFC Midnight has unleashed a new trailer.

Written and directed by Byrne, The Devil's Candy will be released in select theaters and on VOD and digital platforms beginning March 17th from IFC Midnight. Produced by Keith Calder and Jessica Calder, the film stars Ethan Embry, Shiri Appleby, Pruitt Taylor Vince, and Kiara Glasco.

The Devil's Candy trailer premiered exclusively on EW, and you can watch it below. In case you missed it, read Kalyn Corrigan's Fantastic Fest review of The Devil's Candy.

"In The Devil’S Candy, Jesse, a struggling artist,
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