Candy Corn (2019) Review

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Candy Corn (2019) Review

Horrorific content by adrian on October 29th, 2020 | Movie Review | Slasher, Halloween, Supernatural, Back from the Dead, Revenge

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It's about a travelling sideshow circus that gets revenge when one of their own is murdered on Halloween.

Candy Corn was directed by Josh Hasty (who also directed Honeyspider) and stars P.J. Soles (from B.O.R.N and Innocent Prey), Tony Todd (from Candyman and The Final Wish) and Courtney Gains (from Await The Dawn and Discipline).

This year there's a new Halloween tradition.

Candy Corn Review

Candy Corn feels a lot like a low budget Rob Zombie movie. It stars Pancho Moler who played Sick-Head in Rob Zombie's 31 and emulated some key RZ elements such as classic horror movies playing on TV's in the background. The atmosphere is grungy, the characters are mostly all white trash degenerates and the kills are bloody and violent. 

This is a low budget indie horror so it's a bit rough around the edges. Half the cast had sketchy acting chops and there were no real on screen kills, but aside from that it was pretty damn good.

The story kicks off with some small town bullies planning their annual Halloween prank on Jacob, a dude with special needs who they've been picking on since they were kids. They show up for the prank and things get out of hand fast. Jacob ends up dead and Dr. Death, the sideshow circus boss, conjures up a dark revenge. He basically brings Jacob back from the dead to hunt down all the bullies one by one.

From this point onward the movie becomes your typical slasher. Each victim gets taken out one by one. But it doesn't actually feel routine or boring at any point, the editing and soundtrack kept things interesting. 

Tony Todd (Candyman himself) has a role, but it's a very small one. He really only has one scene. Seems his name was on it just to attract interest. It worked on me, but I do wish he played a bigger part.

Overall I thought it was a cool Halloween horror. Not the best one by far, but good enough to make my Blu-ray shelf. It's the kind of movie that you can just leave running in the background, kinda like all those classic horror movies that played in the background of this one.

Worth Watching?

For a casual Halloween horror, yeah. If you're looking for something that's actually scary or shocking, you might want to keep looking.

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