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The remarkable case of the murder of Betty Gore by Candy Montgomery in Wylie, Texas, forty-two years ago, is now the subject of not one but two limited series that will be available on streaming services.

The first, Candy, starring Jessica Biel and Melanie Lynskeywill be released on hulu for five consecutive days, just like a traditional network miniseries would be. Does it deserve the extra attention and care?

Opening shot of ‘Candy’

The photo shows a lady talking about the crucifixion on which Jesus was crucified, which was made possible by a tree that died in the process.

The Essence of ‘Candy’

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Despite appearing to have it all, Candy Montgomery (Jessica Biel) is anything but. She and her husband Pat (Timothy Simons) have a stable marriage, two children and a beautiful house in a Texas suburb. She sings in the church choir and teaches at the parish holiday bible school, and the other mothers are constantly awed by how much she achieves.

On the other hand, Betty Gore (Melanie Lynskey) can barely keep it together; her 1-year-old daughter is always yelling and she finds it annoying that her husband Allan (Pablo Schreiber) has to travel regularly to work.

Although Candy and Betty’s oldest children are best friends, Betty’s daughter spent the night before June 13, 1980—Friday the 13th—at Montgomerys’ house. Betty has a rush of errands to run, including picking up a swimsuit from Betty’s sister so Betty’s child can attend her pool class.

Candy appears to be sedated as she drives back to her house; her hair is wet, her glasses are missing and she has a big cut on her head when we next see her. However, she throws her clothes in the washing machine, gets herself together and goes on with her day.

She tells the story of losing her wallet and turning around at Target to both the women at the church and Pat and they both laugh and cry. Allan, who is currently in St. Paul on business, continues to try to contact his home, but goes silent again.

Betty’s husband becomes increasingly concerned that she may harm herself and their child. Candy answers the phone and pretends she doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Last but not least, he makes his neighbors break into the house late at night to see what’s going on with the situation.

You don’t have to break in, because the door is already open. As soon as one of them opens the door to a small utility room, they are confronted by Betty’s bloodstained body or at least parts of it; the sight is too much for men to bear.

According to a neighbor who informs Allan of the situation, Betty was shot. On the other hand, the reality is much more brutal than that.

What shows will it remind you of?

Several true docuseries, such as Snapped, have told the story of the murder of Betty Gore at the hands of Candy Montgomery. This case will be the subject of another series, Love and Death, which will premiere on HBO Max later this year and will star Elizabeth Olsen as Candy Montgomery.

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Our stance on ‘Candy’

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In the first episode of Candy, created by Robin Veith (Mad Men) and Nick Antosca (The Act), we learn how Montgomery killed Gore. The makers of Candy made an interesting choice in choosing to start with the day of Gore’s murder rather than repeating the events leading up to it in subsequent episodes. If you’re familiar with the story, you’ll find it quite closely related to the reality of that particular day.

Because the case has been public for more than 40 years (Texas Monthly published an article in 1984), Veith and Antosca don’t pretend to divert the public’s attention from Candy as Betty’s killer to keep the plot moving.

By starting with the day itself—but without showing the tension that caused Candy to lose her cool and chop Betty to death with an axe—they settle the drama squarely in the time frame leading up to the act and its immediate aftermath.

You get enough glimpses of Betty and Candy, with Biel doing an excellent job of maintaining Candy’s facade of ability and satisfaction with her life and Lynskey doing her usual excellent job of portraying Betty as dark and dysfunctional as possible, to believe that Betty is the true would be. murderous in this case.

 

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But, as mentioned before, the concept behind this version of the Montgomery case is how Candy came to be from that seemingly innocuous visit to Betty’s house and the events that preceded it.

Candy faced the ramifications of an affair that started because of her growing dissatisfaction with her life and the reasons why the apparently well-adjusted Candy could crack in the first place.

It would be interesting to see how they go back and recreate everything, especially given Biel and Lynskey’s performances.

LOOK AT IT. Candy makes an excellent case for the idea that more true crime movies should focus on the events that precede and follow a crime, rather than the incident itself. After all, everything you need to know about the case can be found by searching online


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