8. 'The Devil's Candy'
Australian cult filmmaker Sean Byrne belatedly follows up his 2009 splatter classic The Loved Ones with an eerie phantasmagorical thriller. A heavy metal-loving visual artist (Ethan Embry) moves his family to a disreputable country estate. There, he succumbs to blackouts, and starts filling canvasses with grotesque visions that may be demonically inspired … or may be a warning that he and his wife (Shiri Appleby) should pay closer attention to their endangered teen daughter. Byrne concocts gorgeously freaky images, while telling a story bound to terrify all permissive parents. NM