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Candy Corn

By Lorry Kikta | October 30, 2019

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 Thingsthen 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!

Candy Corn (2019)

Directed and Written: Josh Hasty

Starring: Courtney Gains, P.J. Soles, Tony Todd, Pancho Moler, Sky Elobar, Caleb Thomas, Cy Creamer, Madison Russ, Jimothy Beckholt, Nate Chaney , etc.

Movie score: 6/10

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  1. James Cansler says:

    YES INDEED!!! I like the film & will definitely watch it more than once. Yes INDEED!!!

  2. DougD says:

    Are you joking? I get if you are trying to say he purposefully made it laughably bad in honor of some of the bad parts of the 70’s and 80’s shows along with absurd characters and terrible dialog being delivered terribly. But even then you need to have some of it be scary a little or at least have the kills be ‘cool’ (one even happens off screen but doesn’t include the signature and then the next one wouldn’t’ actually even kill you..). The very few there are are ‘meh’ to horrible. And what great practical effects?? Some sausage casing for gusts and lots of blood?
    Only real complaint I have is that it is just shy of being awesomely horrible. Parts are certainly at that level. We were busting up when there was a curfew and the cop was driving around apparently on his loud speaker telling everyone to get inside and nobody was giving a F as they just kept wandering around trick or treating. Or when when Dr. Death comes out asking what ‘everyone is chattering about’ when not a one of them had spoken. Or when one of the ‘kids’ who are getting it on pauses, talks on the phone, hangs up and says ‘the party is cancelled because of the curfew’ WHAT PARTY?? And then a shot later they show up getting it on in the theater getting it on. WTF?? Did they teleport from the couch to the theater thereby not slowing their groove or breaking curfew?? Certainly some but not quiet enough awesomely terrible.

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