Candy Corn is the perfect name for a new indie horror flick. It conjures up imagery of plastic pumpkin candy pails, costumes that smell like new shower curtains, and everything that makes Halloween so great. So how could things get sweeter than the 2019 Halloween-themed horror film, Candy Corn? Maybe a sampler of the ensemble horror stars involved, both iconic and up-and-coming. Tony Todd (Candyman), P.J. Soles (Carrie 1976, Halloween 1978), Courtney Gains (Children of the Corn 1984), and Pancho Moler (Rob Zombie’s 31, American Fright Fest) make up the cast in the film, which is about a traveling sideshow making a stop in a sleepy Ohio town on – you guessed it – Halloween.
With one of the best titles for a sideshow since Captain Spaulding’s Murder Ride, Dr. Death’s Side Show Spook House Spectacular proves to up the ante for Halloween scares. It also gives local outcast Jacob Atkins (newcomer Nate Chaney) a temporary gig as carnie himself. When the local bullies plan on humiliating Jacob again this year, things go south.
It’s scary how much talent is in front of and behind the camera. To further the feel of a seedy, retro sideshow aesthetic, writer/director/composer Josh Hasty brings along the sensibilities he instilled in the helming of the doc In Hell, Everybody Loves Popcorn about the making of Rob Zombie’s 31 (read our review here). Courtney Gains adds his knowledge of how sinister things can get in a small town by starring as the town sheriff and also taking on producing duties.
The FX team includes Justin Mabry, the owner of Trick or Treat Studios, the makers of the new Michael Myers mask and the Volumes of Blood devil’s mask, whose newest team member is includes the legendary Tom Savini (read about that team up here), Chris Gallaher (Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl 2003, Fear the Walking Dead TV series), Erik Porn (American Horror Story TV series, The Crazies 2010), Russ Lukich (Hellboy 1 and 2, Jurassic Park III 2001) and Dave Hartman (Bubba Ho-Tep 2002, John Dies At The End 2012) round out the team. Wardrobe designer is Cody Varona, who’s worked with the likes of Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson.
Classic Halloween imagery and a talented cast and crew make Candy Corn the indie Expendables of horror. Stay tuned to PopHorror for more updates on this highly anticipated film.