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Candy Corn (2019)

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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.

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Josh Hasty

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Josh Hasty
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Credited cast:
Tony Todd ... Bishop Gate
P.J. Soles ... Marcy Taylor
Courtney Gains ... Sheriff Sam Bramford
Pancho Moler ... Lester / Dr. Death
Sky Elobar ... Gus
Caleb Thomas ... Bobby
Jaime Gallagher ... Shirley
Madison Russ ... Carol
Lovlee Carroll ... Amanda
Matt O'Neill ... Chet
Jimothy Beckholt ... Mike
Justin Mabry ... Deputy Conrad
Nick Ford ... Carnie
Ben Grimm-Wilson ... Max 'The Wax Man' Taylor
Robert Gerding ... Coroner
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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.

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This year there's a new Halloween tradition.

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Josh Hasty's Candy Corn See more »

Filming Locations:

Blanchester, Ohio, USA

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2.39:1
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Filmed in Blanchester Ohio where a real life murder took place on August 28th 1996. After years of abuse at the hands of her then boyfriend Carrie Culberson disappeared and was believed to have been murdered by Vincent Doan. He was later accused and indicted in her murder. The remains of Carrie Culberson and her red Honda have never turned up. Several of the Doan family properties were searched, but no evidence was ever found that would lead to the body of Carrie or her car. Doans Father and Brother were also indicted in crimes associated with the murder of Miss.Culberson. Relatives of Carrie later received a $3.75 Million Dollar case settlement from the Blanchester Police for their mishandling of the case that divided the small town. As part of the settlement a statue in Carrie's memory was placed in front of the police station. See more »

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As clunky as it may be, Candy Corn put me in a right Halloween mood.
17 September 2019 | by FilmsFillMyHolesSee all my reviews

Josh Hasty wears his influences on his sleeves loud and proud, like patches on his favourite jean jacket, but I'd say he pulls off the look well enough. In the beginning we're treated with a nice establishing scene - with the one and only Sky Elobar - which is followed by that fantastic title sequence, with those wonderful autumn vibes and soothing synths (it's the absolute highlight for me). Then the plot kicks in and things start to fall flat and slooow down rather quickly.

With an uninspired revenge plot and the lack of a real protagonist - stuck with a boring killer (liked the pumpkin candy holder schtick, though), boring bullies, and a boring sheriff - the mind begins to wander over into the background, which is where Candy Corn's strength lies. The lovely set dressing and location, the Carpenteresque score, and all those endearing side/background characters - the deputies, Elobar, P.J. freaking Soles! (essentially playing Lucy Moran), Pancho Moler's especially fun. I also like how it all seems sort of out of time, like I've no idea when it's supposed to take place (can't remember if it's mentioned).

While it could have been a little tighter - there are clear pacing issues and those forced slo-mo scenes are a bother - it is about 80 minutes of perfectly enjoyable mood setting for Halloween season. So I think I would recommend it as just that.

Also, if this were to turn into a series, I'd be into checking a sequel out come next year, or something.


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