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Candy Snatchers, The (1973)

“It started as such a simple crime, but for 16-year-old Candy, dying would have been easier! Was a piece of Candy worth a fortune in diamonds?”

Catholic schoolgirl Candy (played by Susan Sennett, wife of Hollies/CSNY singer/songwriter Graham Nash) is kidnapped by three losers – Alan (Brad David), his sister Jessie (Tiffany Bolling) and man-child Eddie (Vince Martorano) – whose hobbies include incest, drugs, murder and rape.

They hold Candy for ransom, little realising that her family couldn’t give a damn about her. Her stepfather, Avery (Ben Piazza) – the manager of a jewellery store – is planning to go away to Rio with his mistress anyway and had been looking for a way to kill Candy so he could claim part of the large inheritance she’s due to receive upon reaching legal adulthood. Meanwhile, her mother is a booze-hound.

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The Catch-22 ending is both lurid and sleazy (as is much of the film – Candy spends the entire film in various stages of bondage wearing a schoolgirl uniform), but it is nonetheless nothing short of obscure genius.

Susan Sennett
Brad David

Tiffany Bolling

Vince Martorano
Ben Piazza
Dolores Dorn
Sean Newton
Christopher Trueblood

Guerdon Trueblood