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The Candy Witch

UK 2020
produced by
Scott Jeffrey, Rebecca Matthews, Jeff Miller (executive) for Proportion Productions, Millman Productions
directed by Rebecca Matthews
starring Jon Callaway, Abi Casson Thompson, Kate Lush, Heather Jackson, Richard D. Myers, Will Stanton, Hannah Ponting, Kate Milner Evans, Jon-Scott Clark, Barbara Dabson, Shakil Hussain, Hattie Willow, Richard Harfst, Shawn C. Phillips, Chelsea Murphy
written by Scott Jeffrey, music by Mathew Rees, special makeup effects by Chelsea Murphy

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Of late, Ruth (Heather Jackson) has had more and more apparitions of the Candy Witch (Kate Lush), an evil spirit with a candy fixation and a predilection for abducting young children that seems to be too good not to be the stuff of urban legends. But the apparitions have grown so worrying of late that she calls in paranormal investigators Reese (Jon Callaway) and Kat (Abi Casson Thompson) to her country estate, with the explicit request that they get rid of the spirit. But Reese and Kat want to know more and eventually learn that the "Candy Witch" actually at one point was Ruth's children's (Will Stanton, Hannah Ponting) nanny who was fired though when it was found out she abused the children, and eventually she just disappeared from the face of the earth. A troubling story for sure, made all the more troubling by the fact that the Candy Witch is actually out there killing people connected to the tale in candy-related ways, slowly closing in on Ruth and her family. Now to put an end to all of this, Reese and Kat need to find out what really happened to the nanny, and the stuff Reese and Kat do find out is truly disturbing. The problem is, eventually Ruth stops being supportive anymore, only suggesting that the actual story behind everything might be much darker than initially imagined. But that said, the Candy Witch continues to close in ...


Now I won't lie here, The Candy Witch isn't a film that attempts to reinvent horror in any form or way - actually most of what you see here can handily be traced back to a handful of similar movies. But that said, original or not, The Candy Witch tells a well-structured horror yarn in an engaging way that has all the suspense and all the shocks in all the right places, that moves along swiftly enough to keep one interested throughout, and that has a finale that will have one at the edge of one's seat. So in all, it's not the re-invention of the wheel, but a cool genre ride still.


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