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2005 American thriller film past David Slade

Hard Processed

Theatrical release affiche

Directed by David Slade
Written past Brian Nelson
Produced by
  • Rosanne Korenberg
  • Paul Allen
Starring
  • Elliot Page[a]
  • Patrick Wilson
  • Sandra Oh
  • Odessa Rae
Cinematography Jo Willems
Edited by Art Jones
Music by
  • Molly Nyman
  • Harry Escott

Production
companies

  • Vulcan Productions
  • Launchpad Productions
Distributed past Lionsgate

Release dates

  • Jan 21, 2005 (2005-01-21)
    (Sundance)
  • April 14, 2006 (2006-04-fourteen)
    (Us)

Running time

104 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $950,000[one]
Box part $8.3 million[2]


Hard Candy

is a 2005 American psychological thriller movie[three]
focusing on a xiv-year-quondam female vigilante’southward trapping and torture of a homo whom she suspects of being a sexual predator. The film was directed by David Slade, written by Brian Nelson, and stars Elliot Folio[a]
and Patrick Wilson. It was the first feature film for Slade, who had primarily directed music videos.

Hard Processed
premiered at the 2005 Sundance Motion-picture show Festival, and was screened at the Florida Picture show Festival in Apr 2006. It had a limited release in two theaters in the United States. The moving picture made over $8 meg at the box office, including $1 meg domestically, on a upkeep of under $one million.

Hard Processed
won iii awards at the 2005 Sitges Moving picture Festival, four awards at the Málaga Motion-picture show Festival, and was also awarded Overlooked Moving-picture show of the Year at the 2006 Phoenix Motion picture Critics Society Awards. Page won Best Actress at the 2006 Austin Film Critics Association Awards.

Plot

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14-year-old Hayley Stark and 32-year-old photographer Jeff Kohlver engage in a sexually charged, flirtatious online conversation. Jeff and Hayley concord to meet at a coffeehouse, and he takes her back to his house after making her think that he has things at his place that would actually interest her. He pretends to deed like it would exist an “insane” affair to accept her come dorsum to his place, which entices Hayley even more to desire to practice information technology, which was his plan. She agrees to get with him and leave in his automobile. When they go far, Jeff makes them drinks, but Hayley refuses by saying she was taught to never take a drink she has non mixed herself. Hayley then goes to the kitchen and makes them both screwdrivers. Jeff shows her around and shows her his photographs hung on his walls, all of which seem to exist of underage half clothed girls. As they drinkable a little more, Hayley asks Jeff to photograph her. He gets out his camera and Hayley begins to pose but before he tin can take any photos, Jeff loses consciousness.

When Jeff wakes, he is bound to a chair. Hayley explains she has been tracking and baiting him through online chats and drugged him considering she knows he is a sexual predator and murderer. Jeff denies these allegations, challenge he had innocent intentions. Hayley searches Jeff’southward house and finds his gun and safe. In the safe, Hayley finds pictures, including a photo of Donna Mauer, a local girl who has been kidnapped and remains missing. Jeff continues to deny any accusations and kicks Haley to the ground which temporarily knocks her out. He rolls the chair into his room and manages to become his gun that Hayley left out on his bed. He rolls back to the living room to meet that Hayley must have gotten up; she comes up from behind him and wraps his face up in plastic wrap, choking him unconscious.

When Jeff wakes, he finds himself bound to a steel table with a bag of ice on his genitals. Hayley explains she volition castrate Jeff. Hayley sets up his camera to take pictures of his genitals earlier the surgery. Jeff starts to realize she might really do this and so threatens, bribes and sweet-talks Hayley to dissuade her; when that doesn’t work, he tries to get her sympathy by telling her he was abused as a child. She proceeds to pull out the medical book to guide her through the procedure while talking Jeff through it every bit she does it. Following the supposed operation, which Jeff does non feel due to the ice numbing his genitals, Hayley walks away saying she will take a shower.

Jeff frees himself and realizes he is unharmed. He storms off in a rage to go Hayley in the bath, where the shower is running. Scalpel in mitt, he attacks, only finds the shower empty. Hayley attacks him from behind, and as they struggle, Hayley incapacitates him with a stun gun.

Hayley poses as a police officer and asks Jeff’south ex-girlfriend, Janelle, to come immediately to Jeff’s house. Jeff regains consciousness to find that Hayley has leap his wrists and hoisted him to stand on a chair in his kitchen with a noose around his cervix. Hayley makes Jeff an offer: if he commits suicide, she promises to erase the evidence of his crimes, but if he refuses, she promises to betrayal his secrets. The chat is interrupted when a neighbour knocks on the front door, selling girl sentinel cookies. When Hayley returns, Jeff breaks from his bindings and pursues her to the roof of his business firm, where she has lured him. Hayley has brought her rope from the kitchen and fashioned information technology into a noose secured to the chimney. Hayley keeps Jeff at bay with his gun.

Jeff confesses that he watched while another man raped and murdered Mauer. Jeff promises Hayley that, if she spares his life, he will tell her the other man’southward name so she can verbal her revenge. Hayley reveals that she already knows his proper name, Aaron, and that Aaron said Jeff did it before he killed himself. Janelle arrives, and Hayley once again urges Jeff to hang himself, promising that she will destroy the evidence. Defeated, Jeff lets Hayley slide the noose effectually his neck, and takes the last fatal step off the roof; subsequently he falls Hayley says, “Or non”. Hayley gathers her holding and escapes through the woods.

Cast

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  • Elliot Page[a]
    as Hayley Stark
  • Patrick Wilson as Jeff Kohlver
  • Sandra Oh every bit Judy Tokuda, the neighbor
  • Jennifer Holmes every bit Janelle Rogers
  • Erin Kraft equally Donna Mauer in photos
  • Gabe Kerr as Nighthawks Clerk
  • Cori Bright as Girl in Nighthawks

Production

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The idea for
Hard Candy
came from a news story producer David W. Higgins saw on
twenty/xx
well-nigh young Japanese girls who would lure older businessmen to a location with the promise of meaningful conversation, only to assail and mug the men with a gang of other girls. This led him to wonder, “What if the person y’all expect to be the predator is not who you look it to be? What if it’s the other person?” He shared this question with author Brian Nelson who worked out a treatment and then a script on spec, and then Higgins and Nelson approached David Slade to direct. Due to the controversial nature of the work, the budget was kept under $1 million so that the product company would non ask to change anything.[one]

Very little dubbing was used in the film, with only a couple of lines modified in mail service-product. Only nine minutes of music are present in the picture show, with ambient sounds, such every bit heavy breathing, making up near of the soundtrack. The film was shot in 18 days, largely in sequence, and by and large on a soundstage. Hayley wears a red hooded sweatshirt that is often seen as an innuendo to “Piffling Red Riding Hood”. Withal, this was a serendipitous wardrobe option by the creative team that was not realized until afterwards on.[1]
International marketing for the moving picture fabricated use of this allusion. For example, a tagline on the Japanese site for the flick reads: “Ruby Hood traps the Wolf in his own game.”[4]

Jean-Clement Soret was the digital colorist for the motion-picture show, this beingness one of the few instances in which a colorist received a spot in the opening credits. The picture show contains many coloring furnishings and “density shifts” of lighting to reverberate the moods of the characters. For example, when Hayley gets angry, the colors would be edited to be of lower frequency. One effect used which, as far as the director is enlightened, had non been washed in cinema before, was to brighten the lighting in filming and correct everything down in post-production. This allowed for facial details to be visible fifty-fifty while having a darkened temper.[1]
According to the DVD extras, the process required a custom-built digital intermediate to be fabricated and proved to be extremely difficult, with corrections having to exist made frame-by-frame in some instances. This technique, known as ETTR, is a standard process in digital photography and cinematography to minimize the corporeality of racket in shadows and midtones.

Nelson’s early working titles of the script were
Vendetta
and
Snip Snip. When Higgins asked for a championship with a “carbohydrate and spice combination and a mixture of harsh roughness, innocence, and vulnerability”, Nelson proposed the title
Hard Processed.

Reception

[edit]

Box office

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The pic premiered at the 2005 Sundance Movie Festival with a midnight screening. The Dolby Environs System failed before the screening and the audience was kept out until it was repaired.[1]
Hard Candy
was besides screened at the Florida Film Festival on April 1, 2006.[six]

Difficult Candy
opened in two theaters in Los Angeles and New York Urban center on April fourteen, 2006[ane]
in a limited release. During its opening weekend, the motion-picture show grossed $58,049 averaging $29,704 per theater, the highest per-screen average in the top 50.[1]
Box Office Mojo reported that it ended its run with $one,024,640 at the Due north American box office, and a further $5,997,569 internationally for a total of $7,022,209.[7]
The Numbers put the total gross at $8.26 one thousand thousand, with an international gross of $seven,242,426.[2]

Critical response

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On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, 67% of 147 critic reviews are positive, and the average rating is 6.4/10. The critics consensus reads: “Disturbing, controversial, only entirely engrossing,
Hard Candy
is well written with stiff lead performances, especially that of newcomer [Elliot] Page. A movie that stays with the viewer long after leaving the theater.”[viii]
According to Metacritic, which sampled 30 reviews and calculated a weighted boilerplate score of 58 out of 100, the film received “mixed or boilerplate reviews”.[9]

Roger Ebert rated the film iii.v/4 stars, writing “There is undeniable fascination in the situation as information technology unfolds… Seen equally a film, seen as acting and direction, seen as merely exactly how information technology unfolds on the screen,
Difficult Candy
is impressive and effective.”[10]
Steve Persall wrote in the
Tampa Bay Times
that he saw the picture in a crowded bar, even so “until the shocking cease, there’due south zippo less than rapt attention to this sordid thriller about an online predator (Wilson) and his not-and so-innocent prey ([Elliot] Page). On a party night in New Orleans? That’due south how creepy-expert this picture show is.”[11]
Steve Schneider, writing in the
Orlando Weekly, praised the motion picture’due south “grabber of a sicko setup… It’s a memorably tense
pas de deux, and if the movie doesn’t pay off on it properly, fault a script that ventures farther and further into psychological thriller claptrap, leaving the two stars to rely on their hefty talents to proceed it at all believable.”[6]

Caroline Westbrook at
Empire
mag chosen it a “keen little thriller”. David Edwards at the
Daily Mirror
praised it as a “smart, challenging and timely look at the world of internet training”. Todd McCarthy at
Variety
praised the “spectacular performance” past the teenaged Page. On the other hand, Jonathan Rosenbaum referred to it as torture and mutilation and wrote: “I’d rather have this picture obliterated from my memory.”[12]
The New York Times

movie critic Manohla Dargis recognized the film’south debt to “Ariel Dorfman and Neil LaBute, among others”, merely did not care for the torture theme “in the historic period of Abu Ghraib”.[13]

Page’s performance received disquisitional acclamation; Lynn Hirschberg of
The New York Times Magazine
said “a star was born, simply almost no one noticed”, describing
Hard Candy
as Page’s initial artistic breakthrough performance, and his role in the 2007 film
Juno
as his mainstream popularity breakthrough operation.[14]
Claudia Puig from
USA Today
praised him for “remain[ing] consistently convincing” to his role which is both “powerful and chilling … [he] manages to be both cruelly callous and likable, and [his] is 1 of the most complex, disturbing and haunting performances of the year.”[15]

Accolades

[edit]

The film won three awards at the 2005 Sitges Moving-picture show Festival[sixteen]
and four awards at the 2006 Málaga Film Festival.[17]
The film also won Disregarded Motion picture of the Year at the 2006 Phoenix Flick Critics Society Awards.[xviii]
Page won the Best Actress award from the Austin Film Critics Association.[19]
Page was nominated for the Quantum Performer award at the 2006 Online Motion picture Critics Society Awards,[20]
and Best Female Newcomer at the 12th Empire Awards.[21]
The film was nominated for Best Foreign Contained picture at the 2006 British Independent Motion-picture show Awards,[22]
and the moving picture’south trailer was nominated for Best Thriller and All-time Titles in a Trailer at the 7th Golden Trailer Awards.[23]

Year Result Award Nominee Result
2006 Austin Film Critics Clan Awards All-time Actress Elliot Folio[a] Won
2006 British Independent Film Awards Best Strange Independent Flick Difficult Candy Nominated
2007 Empire Awards All-time Female person Newcomer Elliot Page[a] Nominated
2006 Gilt Trailer Awards Best Thriller Hard Processed trailer Nominated
Best Titles in a Trailer Nominated
2006 Málaga Motion-picture show Festival Best Picture Hard Processed Won
Best Director David Slade Won
Best Actress Elliot Page[a] Won
Best Cinematography Jo Willems Won
2006 Online Movie Critics Society Awards Best Breakthrough Performance Elliot Page[a] Nominated
2006 Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Overlooked Picture of the Yr Difficult Candy Won
2005 Sitges Flick Festival Best Flick David Slade Won
All-time Feature Film (Audience Award) Won
Best Screenplay Brian Nelson Won

Home media

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The American DVD was released on September 19, 2006, with two commentary tracks, a 52-minute making-of featurette, six deleted and extended scenes, the script and director’south notebook, and trailers for
Hard Candy
and other Lionsgate films. Francis Rizzo III from
DVD Talk
gave a positive review, praising the DVD’s quality and extras.[24]
The Blu-ray was released past Lionsgate Dwelling house Entertainment on October five, 2010,[25]
and independent the same special features as the DVD. Aaron Peck from
High-Def Digest
[26]
and Jeffrey Kauffman from
Blu-ray.com
both awarded the Blu-ray 4 out of 5 stars.[27]

Notes

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References

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    David Slade (managing director) (2006).
    “Making
    Difficult Processed,” DVD featurette
    (DVD). Lions Gate. B000GI3KGC.


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    “Difficult Processed”.
    The Numbers
    . Retrieved
    Oct 20,
    2007
    .



  3. ^


    Buchanan, Jason. “Hard Candy”. AllMovie. Retrieved
    Jan 7,
    2018
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  4. ^

    Original Japanese text:赤ずきんが仕掛けるオオカミへのゲーム
    “ハード キャンディ Hard candy”.
    cinemarise.com
    . Retrieved
    December 8,
    2014
    .


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    b




    Schneider, Steve (March thirty, 2006). “CLOSING FRAMES – What to watch for in the final weekend of the Florida Film Festival”.
    Orlando Weekly. Archived from the original on Dec xiii, 2013. Retrieved
    December 8,
    2014
    .



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    “Hard Candy”.
    Box Office Mojo
    . Retrieved
    October xx,
    2007
    .



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    “Hard Candy”.
    Rotten Tomatoes
    . Retrieved
    Dec 6,
    2020
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    “Hard Candy”.
    Metacritic
    . Retrieved
    Dec eight,
    2014
    .



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    Ebert, Roger (Apr 27, 2006). “Hard Processed Movie Review & Picture show Summary (2006)”.
    RogerEbert.com
    . Retrieved
    June 30,
    2014
    .



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    Persall, Steve (July 1, 2013). “As he turns 40, a await at Patrick Wilson’s best performances”.
    Tampa Bay Times
    . Retrieved
    July 9,
    2013
    .



  11. ^


    Rosenbaum, Jonathan. “Hard Candy”.
    Chicago Reader
    . Retrieved
    December 8,
    2014
    .



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    Dargis, Manohla (April 14, 2006). “In ‘Hard Candy,’ an Internet Lolita Is Not as Innocent every bit She Looks”.
    The New York Times
    . Retrieved
    Dec 8,
    2014
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    Hirschberg, Lynn (Feb 10, 2008). “Breaking Through”.
    The New York Times Magazine. p. 51(L). Retrieved
    Dec 8,
    2014
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    Puig, Claudia (December 22, 2006). “Ellen: Manipulates
    Hard Candy
    to great outcome”.
    U.s.a. Today
    . Retrieved
    September 22,
    2013
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    Dark-green, Jennifer (Oct 17, 2005). “Difficult Candy sweeps prizes at Sitges”.
    Screen Daily. Screen International. Retrieved
    December 7,
    2014
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    “Hard Processed”.
    Vulcan Productions. Archived from the original on November four, 2014. Retrieved
    December 8,
    2014
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    Maxwell, Erin (December 21, 2006). “Phoenix critics stand backside ‘United’“.
    Multifariousness
    . Retrieved
    December 8,
    2014
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    “Cinema’s Labyrint – The year in pic, 2006”.
    The Austin Chronicle. January 5, 2007. Retrieved
    December 8,
    2014
    .



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    “2006 Awards (tenth Almanac)”.
    Online Film Critics Society
    . Retrieved
    December 8,
    2014
    .



  20. ^


    “Best Female Newcomer”.
    Empire
    . Retrieved
    December 8,
    2014
    .



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    “Nominations 2006”.
    British Independent Film Awards
    . Retrieved
    December 8,
    2014
    .



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    “seventh Annual Golden Trailer Honour Winner and Nominees”.
    Gold Trailer Awards. Archived from the original on April xvi, 2013. Retrieved
    December 8,
    2014
    .



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    Rizzo 3, Francis (September 17, 2006). “Hard Candy”.
    DVD Talk
    . Retrieved
    Dec 8,
    2014
    .



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    “Hard Candy Blu-ray”.
    CD Universe
    . Retrieved
    December 8,
    2014
    .



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    Peck, Aaron (August thirty, 2010). “Hard Candy”.
    High-Def Assimilate
    . Retrieved
    December 8,
    2014
    .



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    Kauffman, Jeffrey (Baronial 30, 2010). “Hard Processed Blu-ray”.
    Blu-ray.com
    . Retrieved
    Dec viii,
    2014
    .


External links

[edit]

  • Hard Candy
    at IMDb
  • Hard Candy
    at AllMovie
  • Hard Processed
    at Box Part Mojo
  • Hard Candy
    at Rotten Tomatoes
  • Hard Candy
    at Metacritic
    Edit this at Wikidata
  • October 19, 2003 typhoon script



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