Candy Corn – film, USA, 2019

Candy Corn is a 2019 American supernatural horror feature film written, co-produced, edited and directed by Josh Hasty (Honeyspider). The movie stars Courtney Gains, Tony Todd, Sky Elobar and Pancho Moler.


On Halloween eve, local outcast, Jacob Atkins (Nate Chaney), is carelessly murdered. A vagabond carny named Dr. Death (Pancho Moler), takes matters into his own hands, bringing Jacob back from the dead to creatively seek brutal revenge on his killers…


Candy Corn has been picked up by Epic Pictures and will be distributed through their Dread imprint. A US Fall theatrical release is planned. Meanwhile, the movie will be trade shown at the Cannes Film Festival to seek international distribution. Here’s what filmmaker Josh Hasty had to say:

“For the last three years of my life Candy Corn has been a labor of love that’s consumed my every waking moment. I had the most incredible team of filmmakers that stood behind my ambitious goals through a very trying and stressful production. When you spend this much time with something you had to consistently keep alive against all odds, the thought of handing it off to a distributor can be horrifying.

I spoke with a lot of interested distributors, but the conversations ended after my first call with the team at Epic Pictures and Dread. They are leaps and bounds ahead of the competition when it comes to their passion and understanding for independent films like Candy Corn. Within ten minutes of our first phone call I felt like I was talking to people who had been a part of our team from day one, and would stop at nothing to get it in front of every Halloween obsessed, blood thirsty, cinema-loving eyeball in the world. I was often asked which distributor I hoped would take Candy Corn. I consistently stood by the notion that I would only sell my film to the distributor I thought would care about it as much as I do. That is the ultimate reason Epic Pictures and Dread are putting out Candy Corn. And I couldn’t be happier.”

Rob Galluzzo, Director of Distribution for Dread:

“If there’s one thing that horror fans have a sweet spot for, it’s Halloween. And Candy Corn delivers what will no doubt become an annual tradition. With a killer all-star cast of genre names, rich mythology, a great looking iconic killer, and cool score, we’re so excited to bring this film to horror fans this Fall!”

Cast and characters:

  • P.J. Soles … Marcy Taylor
  • Tony Todd … Bishop Gate
    Courtney Gains … Sheriff Sam Bramford – Corbin Nash; Deadly Crush; Camp Cold Brook; The Funhouse; Massacre; King Cobra; et al
  • Sky Elobar … Gus
  • Pancho Moler … Lester / Dr. Death – 3 from Hell; American Fright Fest; 31; Slaughterhouse of the Rising Sun
  • Caleb Thomas … Bobby
  • Jaime Gallagher … Shirley
  • Matt O’Neill … Chet
  • Lovlee Carroll … Amanda
  • Nick Ford … Carnie
  • Robert Gerding … Coroner
  • Madison Russ … Carol
  • Justin Mabry … Deputy Conrad
  • Jimothy Beckholt … Mike – Office Uprising
  • Aaron Lewis … Mongo The Scrunt
  • Patrick Ryan … Deputy Fox – Circus of the Dead
  • Cy Creamer … Steve
  • Nate Chaney … Jacob Atkins
  • Ben Grimm-Wilson … Max ‘The Wax Man’ Taylor

Image credits: Entertainment Weekly

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