“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.
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.