Badasskandy.com has officially launched with two videos and a photoset available for purchase. For those of you who are not familiar with Badasskandy, we gave a brief rundown of it in our site review of Kickasskandy.com. Both sites are run by the same creative team. The only difference: Kickasskandy features good girls fighting bad guys, while Bad Ass Kandy features bad girls fighting pretty much anybody they want.
The episode that I am going to focus on is called Big Bad Ass. The official site describes the episode as follows: “The 4 remaining contestants in the world’s most extreme reality show are set one final task – they will be let loose and hunted down by 2 of Bad Ass Kandy’s most deadly – Red and The Mad Ukrainian. They will be fighting for their lives – literally – as the last man standing will be rewarded and the other 3 will be hospitalized.”
And that is pretty much what you get. The girls spend the episode stalking the guys and taking them down. When we ran the Kickasskandy site review, it started a spirited but cordial debate on the merits of peril versus non-peril films. Kandyman (the pseudonym of the executive producer for both sites) has stated that Kickasskandy is now and always will be a girl power site. Judging by the first episode, Bad Ass Kandy will be very much the same. Kandyman did promise that the girls would be challenged a bit and take more hits in Bad Ass Kandy films, and he was true to his word. Did the girls take more punches? Yes. Would I say they were ever in a perilous situation or in danger of losing a fight? Definitely not.
The good news is that the high production values that Kickasskandy prides themselves on are mostly present in Big Bad Ass. You get beautiful women, sexy outfits, quality locations, and sharp dialogue. I thought the fight choreography in this episode was a bit below their normal standards, but since this was a premier episode some minor flaws can be expected.
I know this isn’t an opinion universally shared by HeroineMovies.com visitors, but I enjoy girl power films every bit as much as peril films. Kandyman has an audience that he has cultivated and he may knowingly leave a lot of money on the table from the peril audience by sticking with his tried-and-true formula. You have to respect him for that. However, Kandyman is as accessible and friendly as any producer out there. He quite openly pursues feedback. If the peril crowd keeps communicating to him what they want to see, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if someday he delivered the goods. You can go to Bad Ass Kandy and judge the product for yourself.