“Candy Corn Has All The Ingredients Of A Perfect Slasher Film.”
It seems as though we cannot rid ourselves of this obsession with the ’80s, and not just within the horror genre. With that said, it comes to no surprise that this film had been on my radar for quite some time. Candy Corn is a film that carries the nostalgiac vibe quite well as many of the cast members are no stranger to the genre. With Courtney Gaines (Children of The Corn), PJ Soles (Halloween), and Tony Todd (Candyman) I knew undoubtfully that we were gonna see one hell of a story unfold and I was sure of that.
Writer, Editor, & Director Josh Hasty carefully molded this celebration of genre cinema into something quite special. Candy Corn felt as though it was a major studio production. The storytelling was on point which gave his actors and actresses material to work with. The practical effects were quite disgusting and well-executed. The film opens with a group of friends who gather together to relive their annual Halloween tradition – attacking Jacob (Nate Chaney), for no particular reason at all, pretty much just something to do and the group of teens thoroughly enjoy it. The unwitty group finds poor Jacob at a carnival, a new job with a family that is part of this traveling carnival. Jacob does not survive the horrific beating this time around and the carnival family seeks revenge on everyone, in a subtle way. With twists and turns and a decent body count, no one is safe.
Candy Corn is an exciting and entertaining take on a Halloween-themed horror movie, and I particularly enjoyed the small town, it presented an ominous scary esthetic to the film. As I had mentioned before the practical effects were on point and it needs to be noted that the team behind this film includes Justin Mabry, some of you may recognize Mabry’s name as he was a sculpture on the 2018 Halloween reboot. I can tell a lot of hard work went into making this film and I hope you all enjoy it just as much as I have. Candy Corn will be a film that fans return to annually right around this time of year.
Official Synopsis: “It’s Halloween weekend and a group of bullies are planning their annual hazing on local outcast, Jacob Atkins. When they take things too far, he’s resurrected to seek revenge against those that wronged him.”
Josh Hasty’s feature film, Candy Corn, is now in select theaters and releasing on VOD/Blu-ray September 17th!