Bad Candy (2021)

In-Person Event Date

February 27, 2021 - 9:00pm
Virtual Performance Dates: 
Saturday, February 27, 2021 to Sunday, March 7, 2021
Q and A with Filmmaker following the film session:
Desiree Connell
Desiree Connell
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Date Completed: 
September, 2020


Fright Night Film FestivalOctober 1, 2020 Best Picture, Best Slasher Feature, Best Comedy Feature, Best Special Fx
 Atlanta Horror Festival
Atlanta, Ga United States October 15, 2020 Best Director Award/ Audience Choice Award
 American Horrors Film festival October 17, 2020 Best Picture
 The Thing in the Basement Horror Festival Best Picture, Best Director
 South Carolina Underground Film Festival Best Produced Screenplay Feature Film
 FreakShow Horror Film Festival
Orlando, FL October 30, 2020 Best Picture 
 Vancouver Horror Show Best Special FX, Best Music, Best Costume Design, Best Visual Effects
 Unrestricted View Horror Festival Best Special Effects

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 the tales of the supernatural of years gone by. In this small town it’s a grimy ending for most, but will a few good souls survive?

Co-directed by Scott Hansen (The Possession Experiment) and Desiree Connell, based on the latter’s screenplay, the Digital Thunderdome production stars Corey Taylor (lead vocalist of Slipknot), Zach Galligan (Hatchet 3; The Chair; Gremlins), Derek Russo, Ryan Kiser (The Dawn; House of Manson), Kenneth Trujillo, Mike Milligan, Haley Nicole Leary, Bill Pacer and Alexandra Lucchesi.


Desiree Connell

Scott Hansen & Desiree Connell started Digital Thunderdome in 2013 with a passion for telling stories.

In 2014, the team produced Until It Hurts, a documentary film about a piece of art commemorating fallen Navy Seals and how it has influenced a community. The film features Navy Seal Dave Hall and Wounded Wear founder, Jason Redman. The film went to be accepted to film festivals across the USA and won best feature film at Cayfest in 2016 and got world wide distribution.

In 2016, Digital Thunderdome created The Possession Experiment which sold to EONE/Momentum Pictures for domestic and CMG for international distribution and was sold to 35 countries abroad. It also debuted in the top 10 in horror on iTunes for three weeks. The film begins when a theology student uses a fundraising campaign to attempt to prove if demons exist.The film stars horror icon Bill Moseley (The Devils's Rejects), Greg Travis ( Starship Troopers), and Mark Joy (Dogma). The film was also sold to HULU for a 3 year TV deal.

Also In 2016 Scott jumped into the producers chair and made the feature film “Bully” starring Danny Trejo, Vincent Pastore and Ron Canada along with Disney star Tucker Albrizzi. The film landed a deal with Gravitas.

In 2019 Scott and Desiree began production on a Halloween themed movie called "Bad Candy" starring Zach Galligan (Gremlins) and Corey Taylor (Slipknot) filled in for Sid Haig after his tragic passing in early 2019. Desiree an avid producer herself co-directed this dark comedy fun Halloween ride that "Bad Candy" became.