Why Watch? Doug Jones has played some beloved characters from his turn in the Hellboy movies to the freaky monsters of Pan’s Labyrinth. However, this might be his creepiest role ever (and the most you ever get to see his face).

This beautifully shot short film tells the story of a candy shop owner (played by Jones) who looks like the Gene Wilder Willy Wonka and Jigsaw had a love child that was born with lupus. He’s ghoulish, and he has a machine that turns little girls into candy.

But it’s okay, right? Because there’s a market for it.

One young man is lured into working for him and must choose between making the money to keep food on his family’s table and keeping his soul.

The whole fantasy is a parable about child sex trafficking. It’s a haunting movie, and it was made to help raise awareness and money to help stop sex slavery. A great cause, and a great piece of art.

What Will It Cost? Just 30 minutes of your time.

Does it get better any better than that?

Check out The Candy Shop for yourself:


Directed By: Brandon McCormick

Written By: Charlie Wetzel

Starring: Doug Jones, Mattie Liptak, Abigail Monet, and Ron Prather

Trust us. You have time for more short films.

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