The Candy Snatchers

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The Candy Snatchers
The Candy Snatchers Poster.jpg
Directed by Guerdon Trueblood
Produced by Bryan Gindoff
Written by Bryan Gindoff
Starring Tiffany Bolling
Susan Sennet
Ben Piazza
Brad David
Vince Martorano
Music by Robert Drasnin
Cinematography Robert Maxwell
Distributed by Subversive Cinema
Release dates
June 1973
Running time
94 minutes
Country  United States
Language English

The Candy Snatchers is a 1973 exploitation crime cult film directed by Guerdon Trueblood.[1] The film was first released in June 1973 and was unofficially inspired by the kidnapping of Barbara Jane Mackle.[1] It stars Susan Sennet as a teenager who is kidnapped and held for ransom by three amateur criminals. The Candy Snatchers received a DVD release in 2005 through Subversive Cinema.

Actress Tiffany Bolling has stated that she later came to regret making the film and that she had only done it for a paycheck.[1] She further commented that "I was doing cocaine...and I didn't really know what I was doing, and I was very angry about the way that my career had gone in the industry...the opportunities that I had and had not been given.... The hardest thing for me, as I look back on it, was I had done a television series, The New People, and so I had a lot of young people who really respected me and... revered me as something of a hero, and then I came out with this stupid Candy Snatchers movie... It was a horrendous experience."[1]


Candy Philips (Susan Sennett, billed as Susan Sennet) is a 16-year-old girl who is kidnapped on her way home from her Catholic school. Her three kidnappers, Jessie (Tiffany Bolling), Alan (Brad David) and Eddy (Vince Martorano), bury her alive in a Southern California field. They give her a pipe for air, expecting they'll soon gain a ransom from her father. Unbeknownst to them, Candy's burial is witnessed by a young autistic child, Sean Newton (Christopher Trueblood). Sean tries to tell his parents about what he saw, but is unable to do so, being mute.

The kidnappers attempt to demand that Candy's father Avery Phillips (Ben Piazza) pay her ransom in diamonds, only to be ultimately unsuccessful. It turns out that Avery is only Candy's stepfather and that he secretly hopes that she dies so he can inherit millions of dollars from her estate.

As the kidnappers get more and more desperate, their actions grow more depraved and panicked. Alan digs up Candy and rapes her, as he's desired her from the moment he saw her. Eddy tries to keep Alan from harming Candy, but is too busy raping Jessie to effectively intervene. Sean continues to unsuccessfully attempt to tell his parents about what happened, but ends up taking matters into his own hands.



Critical reception for the film has been positive and the film currently holds a rating of 80% on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 5 reviews.[2] DVD Talk gave a positive review for the 2005 DVD release, citing the disc's extras as a highlight.[3] Bloody Disgusting gave a more mixed review and gave the film three out of five skulls.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d "The Candy Snatchers (review and info)". TCM Underground. Retrieved 31 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "The Candy Snatchers". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 31 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Review: The Candy Snatchers". DVD Talk. Retrieved 31 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "Review: The Candy Snatchers". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 31 December 2013. 

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