If you were old enough to have watched the 80s horror comedy series such as "Tales from the Crypt" (1989) or "Amazing Stories" (1985), and you were then hip enough to have seen Michael Dougherty's Halloween opus, "Trick r Treat," (2007), then you're very likely going to enjoy this modestly budgeted little gem, "Bad Candy" (2021).
Directed by Scott B. Hansen & Desiree Connell, "Bad Candy" stars Zach Galligan, Corey Taylor, Riley Sutton, and is well written by the two aforementioned directors. There is quite a lot of talent here.
In spite of a reasonably tight budget, this film boasts a surprising amount of gritty special effects (some conventional, some CGI) which gave the overall appearance a type of comic book vibe. "Bad Candy" is segmented into a series of tales, but unlike "Trick r Treat," they don't eventually converge, which, in this case, doesn't matter. Sometimes ambiguity is a perfect vehicle to elicit "thinking," which lately seems to be a lost art when it comes to interpreting concepts that clearly defy explanation.
I think some reviewers jumped the gun with their over the top negative judgements. Time is always the wiser, and a teachable reminder that "box office bombs" like "Its A Wonderful Life" (1946) and "The Wizard of Oz" (1939) were once maligned as critical and financial failures, but they are now glowingly praised as perennial, universally adored classics.
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