Never Take Candy From A Stranger

  • 1960
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

After a series of phenomenally successful horror films, Hammer Films took a chance and produced a serious drama dealing with a grim social problem: child molestation. The resulting film is a sincere, delicately handled work that is quite successful from a social and artistic standpoint. But Hammer could not change its bloody image with the critics overnight,...read more

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After a series of phenomenally successful horror films, Hammer Films took a chance and produced a serious drama dealing with a grim social problem: child molestation. The resulting film is a sincere, delicately handled work that is quite successful from a social and artistic standpoint. But

Hammer could not change its bloody image with the critics overnight, and the film was savaged in the press by writers who assumed that Hammer would exploit the sensitive material. The studio did not, however, and NEVER TAKE CANDY FROM A STRANGER is one of the few films that examines this

unsettling and important problem. Allen, his wife, Watford, and their young daughter, Faye, move from England to a small town in Canada so that Allen can begin his new job as the high school principal. Also in the town lives Aylmer, a senile old man with severe psychopathic problems and an

attraction to little girls. Being one of the few founding fathers left in the town, Aylmer's problems are hidden from the townsfolk, who love and respect him. Soon after their arrival, Allen and Watford are shocked to discover that their daughter and another girl, Green, had been enticed to dance

naked in front of Aylmer in exchange for candy. The parents take the matter to court, but find extreme hostility from the locals who have been rallied into supporting the old man by his son, Nagy. The defense attorney, MacGinnis, clears Aylmer by berating and confusing little Faye until it appears

that she has made up the whole incident. Disgusted by the town's attitude, Allen and his wife pack their bags, but the departure is halted when it is learned that Faye and her girl friend Green have disappeared. A search party is organized and they soon discover Aylmer in the woods standing beside

the corpse of Green, whom he has just murdered. Panic-stricken that their daughter may have also fallen victim to the sick old man, Allen and Watford are relieved when Faye is found alive nearby, unaware of the murder of her friend. NEVER TAKE CANDY FROM A STRANGER is a powerful, well-balanced

film that portrays all its characters with understanding and sensitivity (including the molester), instead of exploiting the viewer's fears, ignorance, or hatred, for simple melodramatic effect. Unfortunately, Hammer fans didn't want to see such a serious film from the people that gave them such

riveting, nonstop thrills as THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1957) and HORROR OF DRACULA (1958), and NEVER TAKE CANDY FROM A STRANGER soon disappeared from the theaters.

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