It started as such a simple crime. For 16 year old Candy, dying would have been easier! Was a piece of Candy worth a fortune in diamonds?
An abused autistic boy is the sole witness to the kidnapping of a teenage heiress.
An abused autistic boy is the sole witness to the kidnapping of a teenage heiress.
Watched the Vinegar Syndrome Blu-ray
The Candy Snatchers is a hard movie to describe. The only thing that comes to mind is 'tonal whiplash'. The movie is constantly switching between being darkly comedic and just completely misanthropic, but somehow it manages to make it work most of the time. It all comes together in the end to make a well-made exploitation heist flick with some surprisingly snappy dialog that will leave you feeling mildly miserable.
Also, if anyone that works at Vinegar Syndrome is reading this, I would not be opposed to you putting out a "Coors Breakfast of Champions" t-shirt.
Good job Vinegar Syndrome releasing some grimy cinema and hinting it as a “70s shocker!” as one of the Black Friday releases and me thinking it was Thriller: A Cruel Picture (one day hopefully) but hey... I’m all for this *other* little cruel picture.
Not sure how this managed to be unrelenting AND darkly comedic but it worked.
It’s hard to write about this one without spoiling all the fun, but I will say it’s a pretty damn good 70s exploitation flick that is dying to be seen! (Restoration looks amazing!)
It’s not perfect, it’s flawed, and it does take its sweet time to get going but its got all the goods to make for an unpleasant evening!
Ugh, that final shot.
🎶Money is the root of all happiness🎶
unwavering in its depiction of an utterly depraved world fueled entirely by selfishness, a trait eventually inherited by everyone, an idea by which it's bemused rather than shocked, a point of view at the root of its deeply unsettling tonal shifts. innocence is just as much of a weakness as stupidity.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
one of those pulp crime/kidnapping films that's got a bit of jim thompson in its veins where every character is a reprehensible scumbag acting on greed and impulse, and plays like a precursor to the early coen brothers crime movies where everything goes farcically wrong due to a combination of the cruel combating forces of self-interest and stupidity. the main difference is that, likely due to limitations, trueblood is forced to film it with a blunt nastiness and mean streak that makes it feel grim and sad even when it's clear it's actually trying to be funny or ironic. hard to watch the last tracking shot over the bloody carnage in the desert, a young boy with a gun abused/abandoned…
So, both today and yesterday I watched movies featuring kidnapping. The one today wasn't bad, but it played it relatively safe, the victim survives, good wins, yadda yadda. This fine feature, The Candy Snatchers, is amazingly dark. It seems relatively normal at the start, but then things start to get twisted.. why isn't dad bringing the diamonds to get his kidnapped daughter back?
Why don't we get storylines like this anymore? Bleak and awesome with an ending that really packs a punch! Another must-see from Vinegar Syndrome!
That scene of the dude in the "Coors Breakfast of Champions" shirt getting beaten up which then cuts to a kid eating Wheaties for breakfast is A+ editing work.
Vinegar Syndrome Blu-Ray (that I paid way too much $$ for)
The kind of genuine diamond-in-the-rough hidden gem Grindhouse fanatics live for. Watched this for the first time maybe a decade ago as a private tracker blind download that left a big impression on me, and VS has done a wonderful job remastering this movie in high definition video.
Hits every tick mark of a sleazy exploitation classic while putting its own idiosyncratic spin on the genre: the outlandish plot, over the top sex and violence and emphatically un-PC sensibilities are all here. What sets it apart is its wild tonal inconsistency, where it deals with some truly dark subject matter while also being hilarious without losing sight of character…
A vintage PSA about the value of properly researching your kidnapping schemes, and knowing the rules of collecting large ransoms.
Rule One: Do not base your scheme on something you saw once on television.
Rule Two: Have a contingency plan.
Rule Three: Do not get so attached to your victim that you fall out with your accomplices.
Rule Four: Have a contingency plan.
Rule Five: Do not rape your kidnap victim or any of your accomplices.
Rule Six: Have a goddamn contingency plan.
In order to make a fortune in ransom money from a jewelry store manager, three amateur criminals, played by Tiffany Bolling, Brad David, and Vince Martorano, kidnap his teenage daughter, Candy, while she is on her way home from Catholic school and bury her alive in the California countryside, with only a metal pipe to supply her with air. Their lucrative crime scheme, however, is beset by unexpected complications. The burial is witnessed by an autistic mute boy who runs home and struggles to alert his parents. In addition, Candy's father is not easily intimidated, and he has some nefariously deadly plans of his own.
The 1973 drive-in crime thriller, The Candy Snatchers, which was directed by television scriptwriter Guerdon…
A cruel, bleak experience that would make for an excellent double feature with The Centerfold Girls.
Mean-spirited doesn’t begin to describe the tone of the film. To put it a bit in perspective, one of the trio of kidnappers commits rape at one point and they’re still the most moral and decent adult in this film. Everyone else is THAT HORRIBLE.
This is truly an exploitation film down to its dna. Scummy humans, rape, murder, car chases, torture, nudity, red paint posing as blood, going from day to night to day between shots, this is an exploitative masterpiece.
The cinematography and acting to above and beyond for this kind of film and it pushes this even further into classic territory. The trio of kidnappers dominate the film with their screen presence. All different levels of greedy and vicious with only one (Vince Martorano) having a shred of humanity.
Both an unpleasant experience and a engrossing thrill ride. What a movie.
‘The Candy Snatchers’ is a misanthropic slice of pulp crime cinema, notable in that every single character of adult age is a reprehensible scumbag! The film really does work hard on dragging down any good expectations that you may have had for the human race. Even the kidnapper with a conscience is a rapist!
The plight of the autistic child (Sean) is by far the most interesting aspect of the film. Try as he might, Sean is continually knocked back in his efforts to alert an uncaring adult world to the kidnapping transpiring right in his own back yard. Yet Sean is the only real hero in the film and it isn’t his autism that is the handicap in saving…
This film has earned a minor cult following as one of the finest American exploitation films of the early 70s. Its reputation is well earned. Special attention is given in the film to the characters, who become more morally complex as the narrative progresses. By the conclusion, it’s a match between Jessie and Avery as to who is the more sadistic and sociopathic of the crooks. The film is clearly cashing in on Last House on the Left from the previous year, but the tone is nowhere near as brutal. Instead the film is more character driven with the constant twists being surprising, the overall tone of the film and dialog behind dark comedy. Sean is a great character, as…
Love the ending!
Great downbeat ending and possibly the most likeable kid character in cinema history.
Money is the root of all happiness - even the theme song is 💩
“That’s disgusting, she’s old enough to be your mother.” “Well well well now you’ve figured it all out.”
In a nutshell - shocker
Una vera gemma nascosta del cinema pulp. Violento, pieno di humor nero e con un finale indimenticabile.
I’ve been sitting on this for almost a year now and I’m mad I waited this long to watch it. So good and full of surprises right up to the final scene. The characters are fairly solid for an exploitation film.
Truly a hidden gem given new life by Vinegar Syndrome!
Production value was aanzienlijk in deze. Zorgt er voor dat hij net iets beter is dan gelijkaardige titels. Maar nogsteeds kon het me vrij weinig boeien.
Nihilistic, deeply fucked up and darkly comic this exploitation flick about trying to get out of your responsibilities and cheat your way through life no matter what the cost was surprisingly great
Short, nasty and brutish 70s exploitation flick with just a gobsmacking end.
Extra half star for that ending lol
That ending is bonkers. It’s weird how campy the bad guys get in some scenes. This film definitely took some interesting choices I wasn’t expecting.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood with the Tinseltown fairytale parts blown off. I keep wondering what it is that made me feel so dirty after watching, having seen far more violent and disturbing films. There's something about this one that makes the crime itself seem ultra-realistic. Maybe it's the performances and the straightforward shooting style, but there's something else in there too. A true-crime vibe slowly baking in the '70s Californian sun. Perhaps it's because it's really about what happens when people's masks come off, and what they're prepared to do to for greed and then survival. Everyone here is so nakedly callous and oddly dispassionate in their wrongdoing. The Candy Snatchers feels like it exposes a terrible condition that lies just below the surface of the everyday.
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