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!
Wow, this is that real grim gravy, an exploitation drama not afraid to plunge your eye sockets in the darkest of sequences while still riding high on light-hearted shenanigans.
The Candy Snatchers are 3 kidnappers in over their heads when they snatch a young girl named Candy. They immediately blindfold her then they bury her alive with an oxygen tube so she can stay that way.
They then call her father who manages a jewellery store with the news that they have Candy and she'll be dead if he doesn't bring a bag of diamonds out to a drop-off.
Thing is... Candy's father doesn't make that drop-off, heck - he even lies to her mother about Candy being at a…
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.
Cocaine is one hell of a drug and makes a hell of a movie.
The Candy Snatchers is an angry, cynical, and darkly funny exploitation flick that made my jaw drop on a number of occasions. I’ll have “money is the root of all happiness” stuck in my head all day now.
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.
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…
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…
I wish I could say that I found The Candy Snatchers entertaining overall but a good chunk of it just seemed unnecessary that it tarnished the great parts. The first half of the film was phenomenal, with gripping storylines and interesting characters. However my appreciation for it quickly fizzled after that unnecessary rape scene, which by the way, this film not only has one, but two! They didn't even add anything to the story, just for shock factor or whatever the fuck they were trying to accomplish. And another thing, the child (described as autistic and mute) was not utilized properly and was used as a mere plot device. It seemed like the film writers saw a random cute kid in the park and decided to write him into the story. I still enjoyed the kid's presence though, but what a waste of potential. Oh well maybe the film just isn't for me.
This is a pretty weird movie. Ostensibly, it's a kidnapping movie loosely based on real-life events. Some bad guys kidnap a schoolgirl and try to extort her father, but it isn't as simple as that. It never is, is it? Throw a mute child with less than stellar parents into the mix and things get even more interesting. Look, this isn't a great film by any means but part of its appeal watching it today is the confused and often jarring tone throughout. The odd blend of comedy (almost slapstick on a couple of occasions), the strange presence of the mute child (apparently the director's son), and the nastiness of the events being carried out create a pretty disconcerting concoction. If movies like "Fight for Your Life" or "Combat Shock" interest you, you might want to see "The Candy Snatchers". Maybe it's not quite as off-kilter as those films, but it's somewhere on the same Venn diagram.
A gang of ruthless but inept kidnappers pulls off a crime with startling and unexpected consequences in this tough, nervy thriller that has won a cult following. Candy Phillips (Susan Sennett) is a sixteen-year-old student at an exclusive private Catholic school who, while walking home from school, is suddenly dragged into a waiting van that quickly speeds away. Candy has been kidnapped by an unlikely team of criminals -- pretty but hard-edged Jessie (Tiffany Bolling), her psychopathic brother Alan (Brad David), and Eddy (Vincent Martorano), a misfit Army veteran who only wants to own his own bowling alley. Jessie and her cohorts have learned that Candy's father Avery Phillips (Ben Piazza) is the manager of an upscale jewelry store, and…
One of those hidden uncut gems you hope to find when sorting through the Drive-In trash, this is a jet black crime comedy that navigates its frequently changing tone with a notable degree of skill. The acting is what they call a mixed bag, but the story and characters are way more involving than you’d expect.
A bit rough on a directorial and writing level; the backbone is strong but spots are weak and ragged here and there. This can be charming in various ways, and it is so here. But it’s daaaaaaaark in its humor and outlook. And, it being exploitation, there’s some bad road ahead. If you take the chance — I think you’ll be surprised.
3.5 star movie with a 4 star ending.
🎶 Money is the root of all happiness 🎶
If you haven't seen it already this is one of those VinSyn releases that is just absolutely fantastic! It's easily a top tier release from the label! There's a nice change of pace when it comes to this one; it's not the typical horror/slasher we're used to from them. An excellent story, good music, some great nudity, some really good cinematography and a perfect blend of sleaze and heart! This one also features some of the best acting in their whole line-up! The cast really nails all their parts perfectly! It's just overall a really brilliant film. Also, at least for me, it helps that Phyllis Major is one of the…
In era loaded with black, mean spirited thrillers, this film took flippant, casual sadism to a new level.
Thank God I grew up in the 80s cause these seventies kids lives straight up sucked.
An ultra-bleak comedy with a pessimistic heart. A straight up Jackson Pollock painting of tone, leaving you dizzy, a little unnerved, and a little giddy. This film would destroy with the right crowd.
An offbeat '70s crime flick that sometimes suffers from its cheaper production; then again, a more mainstream production would not have been able to get as strange and nasty as this one does in places. Ultimately an extremely dark comedy, I think, and not one recommended to those with more delicate sensibilities.
Oh man, that was terrific. If you’re in the market for some sleazy exploitive trash, this is some of the best I’ve seen in a while.
Three crooks kidnap a jewelry store manager’s daughter in the hope of a quick payday, but (shockingly!) complications ensue. A lot of the acting is wooden, sure, but the story is oddly compelling. As in the best exploitation films, you feel like anything can happen at any time.
I suspect a lot of people would complain about the whiplash tone (alternately hilarious and horrifying), but it totally worked for me. I’m not a huge fan of exploitation movies but they can be a great palette cleanser when they work, and this one does.
By the way, I watched the Vinegar Syndrome blu ray and the print was gorgeous.
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