Spoiler-Free Review of “Candy Land” on Demand: Gutsy, Grindhouse-Style Slasher Delivers

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“Repent…”

Candy Land released on Demand on January 6th 2023. The slasher-thriller film stars Olivia Luccardi, Owen Campbell, Sam Quartin, Eden Brolin, and William Baldwin. It runs for approximately an hour and thirty-two minutes.

A devout woman leaves her family behind and finds herself at a truck stop, where she befriends a group of sex workers who may be targeted by an unknown killer.

Here is the trailer:

Candy Land is obscene and disturbing with brutal violence, taking a dark look into an unforgiving world. Is it worthy of your next watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Raw and unfiltered.

This film doesn’t hold anything back. It takes a dark and realistic peek into a world that may seem sexy and glamorous, but is actually filled with emptiness and desperation. We are introduced to characters who are likable and sympathetic. We aren’t given too much of a backstory on them, but I think it works in the film’s favor, giving us a real glimpse at what their lives have now become.

There is the fantasy/illusion on the outside and the depressing reality of what their days actually look like. The film never fully grabs hold of the slasher or thriller genre completely, but it does dabble toward each and provides plenty of shocking and violent moments. The magic of the film goes deeper than that; however, creating something truly gritty and unpleasant.

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Olivia Luccardi is making a name for herself in the horror world.

I’ve seen her in quite a few horror films now and she recently really terrified me in Soft & Quiet. She shows off her range and goes to another extreme in this film. I thought she was the best part of the movie and I was floored by how much she committed to this particular character. Wow…

The Cons:

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Some pacing issues…

The overall run-time of the movie was fine, but it did take a while for this film to get going. There was plenty of content, but a lot to sift through until the threat was revealed. If you’re looking for a typical slasher, this isn’t your movie. There are elements of the genre, but it takes a different route. That being said, the film is still effective, but not what you might be expecting.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!

A dark and consuming watch filled with plenty of shocking and extreme moments.

This film was not what I was expecting, but I was drawn in all the same.

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Candy Land in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Spoiler-Free Review of “Soft & Quiet” on Demand: Seriously messed up…

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“I am really happy that we are finally doing this…”

Soft & Quiet premiered on Demand on November 4th 2022. The horror film stars Stefanie Estes, Olivia Luccardi, Eleanore Pienta, and Melissa Paulo. It runs for approximately an hour and thirty-two minutes.

A kindergarten teacher sets up a gathering with like-minded women when an encounter with a woman from her past turns their afternoon into something catastrophic.

Here is the trailer:

Soft & Quiet is beyond disturbing, as a chain of events unravels into something truly horrific. Is it worthy of your next watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Completely terrifying…

I don’t know if this is more of a pro or a con. This was not an easy watch by any means and what I witnessed was truly horrific. Social horror movies are emerging more and more and this one really pushed the envelope without holding back. I didn’t know much going into this, but I was completely shocked by what I watched.

This type of horror film scares me more than other genres because it’s something that could actually happen. You never know what a person is thinking or capable of and that can be way more distressing than someone you already know wants to do you harm.

This was an uncomfortable watch, but that was sort of the point.

Impressive cinematography.

I think this film was shot in such a smart way. It almost mirrored the way everything unfolded in front of the audience, never breaking our concentration. Rather, we followed the camera and watched this horrible chain of events unfold across the screen in real time. I’ve seen too many films with messy camera work or gimmicks and this approach worked flawlessly, making this even more of a gripping watch.

The Cons:

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Sensitive content.

The audience should be aware that this film depicts disturbing racial violence and pervasive language. The writer and the director really went all out with this to further the point of this film, but this will understandably be difficult for the audience to watch so just be aware of that.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!

The most disturbing film I have watched all year…

I’m not sure that I could ever re-watch this film, but it was completely shocking and the director made a really strong debut.

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Soft & Quiet in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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