The Candy Witch – UK, 2020 – overview and reviews

 

‘Sweet dreams… forever

The Candy Witch is a 2020 British horror feature film about two paranormal investigators called in to assist a family tormented by an evil spirit.

Directed and edited by Rebecca J Matthews (Bats: The Awakening; The Watcher 2; Witches of Amityville Academy; Pet Graveyard) from a screenplay written by Scott Jeffrey for Millman Productions-Proportion Productions.

The movie stars Kate Lush, Abi Casson Thompson, Heather Jackson and Richard D. Myers. It was co-produced by Scott Jeffrey and Rebecca J Matthews, with Jeff Miller as executive producer.

Plot:

Two paranormal investigators are contacted by a distressed family that says they are being tormented by an evil spirit known in their local town as The Candy Witch.

However, as the mystery of her curse is uncovered, surprising and sinister turns are discovered around The Candy Witch’s identity. Their hardest case yet, can the ghost hunters solve this evil curse before more people are killed by the demonic spirit?

Release:

The Candy Witch serves up sweet death on June 9th 2020 on DVD and Digital from Uncork’d Entertainment.

Reviews: 

The Candy Witch is a definite step up for both director/editor/co-producer Rebecca J Matthews (after the dismally dull Pet Graveyard), screenwriter and sometimes director Scott Jeffrey (Cupid; The Final Scream; The Bad Nun) and their hugely prolific Proportion Productions. This one looks more agreeable than most of their recent efforts and benefits from better performances overall, despite Jon Callaway being somewhat weak in a lead role as a paranormal investigator and a pointless ‘cameo’ by token American genre regular Shawn C. Phillips.

The terrible truth behind the curse of the titular entity takes a while to be revealed (although there are clues along the way), yet when it finally does the carnage is suitably satisfying and an understated ambient soundtrack by Mathew Rees adds value to the proceedings. The Candy Witch would have benefitted from a shorter running time but it’s still worth a look. Just don’t expect to be bowled over.

Adrian J Smith, MOVIES and MANIA

Other reviews:

“The script avoids long talky spells and allows for plenty of inventive kills. And an unexpected revelation in the last act lets the film end on a strong note […] And wisely they put enough budget behind the film to do the effects right. Especially the last couple which are distinctly strong and vicious for a mainstream film.” Voices from the Balcony

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Cast and characters:

  • Abi Casson Thompson … Kat
  • Kate Lush … Candy Witch
  • Heather Jackson … Ruth
  • Richard D. Myers … Willie
  • Jon Callaway … Reece
  • Will Stanton … Tom
  • Hannah Ponting … Lea
  • Jon-Scott Clark … Keith
  • Shakil Hussain … Ben
  • Kate Milner Evans … Trish
  • Hattie Willow … Dina
  • Richard Harfst … Policeman
  • Barbara Dabson … Tiffany
  • Shawn C. Phillips … Vlogger

Technical details:

  • 94 minutes
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

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