31 Horror Films #13: Hard Candy 2005 Dir. David Slade

Last year I did a series of daily micro blogs going through the history of horror films by year. This was meant to give people an example of the high points of the genre. This year I'll be doing the same thing, but going off the beaten path to provide some films you may not have heard of. These films may not be up your alley, but they're all interesting.

Hard Candy 2005 Dir. David Slade

A tension filled game of cat and mouse is the central theme of Hard Candy, a film that from the very first frame makes it's audience feel unsafe. The tale unfolds as a young teen meets a significantly older man for an inappropriate rendezvous. We know from the outset that this setup is wrong and catch ourselves fearing for the young girl’s safety, but when she turns the tables on her would-be assaulter, in an almost Machiavellian fashion, we find ourselves caught wondering who's got who in the bag. This movie is tense and uncomfortable, but is expertly crafted from start to finish.

If you want to see a modern retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, Hard Candy should be your confection of choice.

Watch the trailer HERE