[Review] Revenge Is Sweet: John Hasty’s Candy Corn

Director: Josh Hasty | Writer: Josh Hasty | Released: September 19th 2019 | Run Time: 1h 25min

Candy corn is the one candy that is associated with Halloween. People either love it or hate it, there’s no central ground. Same goes for this movie. I was scrolling through Showtime movies, and came across Candy Corn. I ignored the low star rating. The poster had a few familiar faces, so I gave it a watch.

The premise is similar to other horror films. Candy Corn borrows from several classic films, but it fails to make the formula work, though. A local outcast is killed by a group of bullies at the carnival on All Hallow’s Eve. The carnies resurrect the outcast, and he goes on a revenge tour, killing the bullies one by one. It’s a mix mash Pumpkinhead and Horror High.

Besides the four main actors, the acting is abysmal. The supporting cast is out of rhythm and their lines are choppy. The dialogue never seemed to flow between the bullies. It’s a real shame, too. Great story messed up by poor acting. But like I said before, it’s the four main actors that come in and save the scenes.

The special effects were good. I enjoyed the kill scenes, and the blood and guts left in the outcast’s wake. I also liked the look of the outcast’s special effects. The bathroom scene grossed me out when he tricked the old, try-hard guy. Courtney Gains plays a pretty good sheriff, trying to solve the murders. Turns out, one of the bullies is his kid. So you already know the story is well layered. I hope there will be a sequel.

You can buy or rent Candy Corn, or you can stream it on Showtime.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

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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