MOVIE REVIEW: The Candy Snatchers 1972
Three hapless criminals, two men and one woman, plan to kidnap a young diamond heiress Candy (Susan Sennett) and hold her for ransom. They take Candy to a cabin in the Southern California hills, bind, gag, and blindfold her. The only witness to Candy's kidnapping is a mute, autistic little boy named Shawn (Christopher Trueblood) that lives nearby. He tries to communicate what he saw to his parents but to no avail. The little boy's story creates another subplot of the film. They contact Candy's father (Ben Piazza) to arrange a meeting for the goods but SURPRISE this man is not Candy's real dad and could care less whether or not she lives or dies. Turns out Candy's stepfather only married her mother for money and stands to get a rather large sum of money if either Candy or her mother dies before him. To up the ante, the criminals decide it would be more effective if they buried her underground with a one-inch pipe for air. Candy's stepdaddy won't budge and now the criminals are stuck with her. Paranoia and mistrust ensue amongst the kidnappers leading to an ending that is both tragic and shocking. No more spoilers from me y'all.
Great little hidden gem of a film here. I didn't find this film as brutal as other reviewers made it out to be. The violence is minimal, the greatest shocks comes toward the end of the film. The plot is very smart and the acting is very well done. I am pretty good at plot guessing before the end of a film, but this one had me fooled. There were so many unexpected plot twists and turns. The little boy did a great job of playing a mute. This movie would probably garner a PG-13 rating by today's standards.
VERDICT: 3 Soul Claps
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