[Interview] ‘Bad Candy’ Co-Director Scott Hansen Talks Halloween, Horror, and Metal

The new independent Halloween horror film Bad Candy is one of 2021’s must-see movies destined to be revisited for many Octobers to come, with vibrant Halloween atmosphere, a killer soundtrack, wicked practical gore, and a twisted story that delivers all sorts of fun creatures of the night, and we recently caught up with co-writer and co-director Scott Hansen to get its (and his) full origin story.

In our video conversation, which you can watch below, Hansen discussed growing up in Virginia Beach, Virginia and working at a local Halloween haunt attraction for years before finding his way into filmmaking while attending school to be a comic book artist. He also talked about working with his fiance and co-writer/co-director Desiree Connell on the new film, and of course we dig into his love of Halloween itself.

A director of more than 700 music videos by artists ranging from Willie Nelson to Ice Nine Kills, we also geeked out on our mutual love of heavy metal, as Hansen gave us the first details of his next horror feature film, The Virginia Bitches.

Bad Candy follows local Halloween stories of both myth and lessons learned in the community of New Salem. With its annual Psychotronic FM Halloween show, re-enactment radio DJs Chilly Billy and Paul weave tales of the supernatural from years gone by. Starring Zach Galligan (Gremlins), Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor, and Derek Russo (Jumanji: The Next Level), the film is written and directed by Scott Hansen and Desiree Connell.

Bad Candy is out now on VOD (available via Amazon here), and arrives on Blu-ray on October 12, from Dread. Look for our full review coming soon.

You can watch our exclusive video interview with Bad Candy co-writer and co-director Scott Hansen below.

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Matt Artz

Founded Halloween Daily News in 2012 and the Halloween International Film Festival in 2016. Professional writer/journalist/photographer since 2000.