Happy early Halloween, everyone! We’re thrilled to announce our acquisition of Josh Hasty’s Candy Corn, which we’ll be releasing later this Fall! The film is a pure horror treat that stars iconic genre legends Courtney Gains (Children of the Corn), PJ Soles (Halloween), and Tony Todd (Candyman)!
Epic Pictures is about to take the film to Cannes for international distribution sales.
Hasty explains, “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,” Hasty continues. “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, bloodthirsty, 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.”
DREAD’s Director of Distribution, Rob Galluzzo, adds, “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!”
“It’s the eve of Halloween in Grove Hill, Ohio. A traveling carnival is in town for the weekend and local outcast, Jacob Atkins, has been hired as one of the freaks in the event’s main attraction, “Dr. Death’s Side Show Spook House Spectacular”. Meanwhile, a group of local bullies are planning their annual public hazing of Jacob, but this year things go too far.“
Written, produced, and directed by Josh Hasty, Candy Corn stars Tony Todd, PJ Soles, Courtney Gains, Pancho Moler, Sky Elobard, Caleb Thomas, Madison Russ, Cy Creamer, Jimothy Beckholt, Nate Chaney, Patrick Ryan, Justin Mabry, Matt O’Neill, and Jaime Gallagher.
The film is produced by Courtney Gains alongside Matt O’Neill and executive produced by Tony Todd, James Claeys, Justin Mabry, Lindsey Kowalski, Ben Scrivens (Fright Rags), Johnny Cooper, Nick Ford, and Brandon Cooper. Candy Corn is the first production financed by Local Boogeyman Productions.
Additionally, the make-up and FX team includes Justin Mabry, co-owner of Trick or Treat studios, Chris Gallaher, and Erik Porn, as well as Russ Lukich and Dave Hartman.