Candy Land Review
PLOT: After a religious young woman joins a group of sex workers at a truck stop (aka lot lizards), someone starts killing people around him and the truck stops.
INVESTIGATION: After making a handful of crime dramas and thrillers, writer/director John Swab moves into the horror genre with his fifth feature Candy Land – but he certainly didn’t just dive into formula or clichê with his first horror project, as is evident from the fact that he referred to ’90s cult films as Bully and Welcome to the Doll House as sources of inspiration. Candy Land has been described as a truck stop slasher, and it becomes that way in its second half, but the influence of the 90s indie drama is clearly visible in the film. It’s even set in the 90s; around Christmas 1996, to be exact. So it’s a bit of a shame that it’s being released in January, as it would have been a great addition to genre fans’ holiday horror scenes, complete with decorations, Santa costumes, and Christmas songs on the menu. sound
A story Candy Land lets us into the lives of a gang of sex workers who operate out of a truck stop at Exit 17 on Route 66 – the “last stop for quality action” for on-the-go drivers to the west. These gooseberries, which happen to be the term used to describe truck stop sex workers, are Sam Quartin as Sadie, Eden Brolin as Riley, Virginia Rand as Liv, and Owen Campbell as Levi … on them and finding out the hard truths that they face on a daily basis, I still felt like the characters were a little lacking. I came to care about them during the film, but that’s mostly just because they’re people who live a bit of a rough life. I don’t feel like I got to know much about them or who they really are. Among the other characters they often interact with are Nora (Guinevere Turner), who runs the hotel where they stay, and Sheriff Rex (Billy Baldwin), who is harassed by Levi and is forced to cheat on his wife with him.
Another character is soon drawn into their orbit: a young woman named Remy (Olivia Luccardi), who seems to have been exiled from the religious cult in which she was raised. final cleaning.” Anyone reading this has probably seen enough horror movies to know that taking Remy under their wing and helping her transition to sex work isn’t the smartest thing to do the gooseberries. But that’s what they do, and when people start turning up to die in and around the truck stop it’s no surprise to the viewer.
Candy Land turns into a body count film in its second half. In the end, this thing has as many dead bodies as there are Friday the 13th film. When the kills happen, they’re not as obvious as you’d hope to see in something like a Friday the 13th, but this slasher fan was fully satisfied with the amount of bloodshed. I was also surprised at how many characters were broken. Nevertheless the film is not going to be your typical slasher, maintaining a grim and raw 90’s indie feel throughout and pushing boundaries whenever it gets the chance. In fact, the sexual content packed into the first 15 minutes or so may be enough to turn some viewers away.
All the actors do a great job in their roles, which is another reason why I came to care about the characters despite not feeling like I got to know them enough. Quartin, Brolin, and Rand all make their characters completely believable, which makes it harder to watch when something bad happens to them. Turner and Baldwin are both excellent as their characters, each loathsome in their own way. Campbell and Luccardi have some of the most intense moments they bring to the screen, and both play their intense moments flawlessly.
Candy Land It wasn’t always the most pleasant ride, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. And when the end credits started rolling, I was glad I had spent 90 minutes of my time watching this movie. Especially since he rewarded me by playing one of my favorite songs of all time over the credits.
Quiver Distribution provides Candy Land digital and limited theatrical release on January 6th.