I have to reiterate that no molds are broken with Candy Corn but that’s not what this film is intended to do. It is a short, fun celebration of outcasts with a score reminiscent of John Carpenter’s work and some great practical effects. The effort put into making the film seem like it takes place in the ’80s is great and largely successful. Some of the more seasoned actors, particularly Tony Todd, are great in their roles, but some of the newer actors could probably use a few more films under their belts before their performances could be considered that great. Again, this is kind of par for the course for the types of films in which Candy Corn is paying homage.
“It is a short, fun celebration of outcasts with a score reminiscent of John Carpenter’s work and some great practical effects.”
If you are a fan of Freaks, Halloween, any of the many variations of Frankenstein, or any of the modern nostalgiac films/tv shows, particularly the work of Rob Zombie and Stranger Things, then you will love Candy Corn. It is the perfect fun Halloween film. Of course, people die, because it’s a horror film, but it’s not going to leave you scarred for life. Not saying this is acceptable for children to watch or anything because there is quite a bit of blood and gore, particularly towards the end. It’s a wonderful celebration of ’80s genre cinema that writer/director/editor Josh Hasty put quite a bit of work into to retain the authenticity of its place in time. It’s very entertaining and another win for Dread Central Presents who freaked audiences (read; me) out big time with Terrifier and a lot of other recent acquisitions that will be talked about this year such as Artik and Assassinaut. I suggest that all hardcore genre film fans check out Candy Corn, it’s made for you and by you!