The Devil's Candy

Composed By: Michael Yezerski

Distributed by: J-2 Music

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                When Jesse (Ethan Embry), a struggling painter, and his wife Astrid (Shiri Appleby) purchase their dream home in rural Texas, they think they have it made.  The property is huge, with a barn large enough for Jesseís studio and a price that canít be beat.  But after they move in with their daughter, Zooey (Kiara Glasco), things start to get strange.  Jesseís work seems tainted by darkness.  And when Ray (Pruitt Taylor Vince), the unbalanced son of the deceased former owners, returns home clutching a red electric guitar, things get downright ominous.  As it turns out, the home is possessed by satanic forces that are influencing Jesse and Ray.  Jesseís family wonít be safe until those forces can be stopped.

                The musical score of The Devil's Candy was created by Australian composer Michael Yezerski, who began his career in music at an early age.  He began playing the clarinet at the age of seven and went on to teach himself to play the piano at the age of twelve.  By thirteen, he was composing music.  Studying musical composition under Peter Sculthorpe and Ross Edwards at the University of Sydney and graduating with top honors, Yezerski then graduated with honors in audio technology from the Australian Institute of Music and completed Film Music studies at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School.  Scoring credits include Newcastle, A Place to Call Home, The Black Balloon, Wolf Creek and The Waiting City.

                As I listened to The Devil's Candy Soundtrack, I noticed just how little there was in the way of music.  The score consists of electric guitars, synths, some percussion and tambourine, but itís mostly made up of horror cues Ė bass riffs, slamming or scraping of guitar strings to create an uncomfortable noise and blasts of music interrupting quiet moments.  Basically, the musical score was created as background sound effects for the film.  Not something I would waste hard earned money on.


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