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You don't have to believe... just beware.
The Candyman, a murderous soul with a hook for a hand, is accidentally summoned to reality by a skeptic grad student researching the monster's myth.
I was very excited that my first assignment was to be Candyman , a movie that I wanted to see for a long time. I had heard very much about it, but mostly that it was an important horror movie everyone interested in horror should see. So I knew nothing specific about it and just figured it would be an usual horror flick about an unstoppable killer, your standard run-of-the-mill shlasher film if you will, adored by horror enthusiasts.
I was very pleasently surprised that this movie was so much more.
Candyman is based on the short story "The Forbidden" by Clive Barker and the…
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This classic frightened a generation of their own bathroom mirrors. Totally under-appreciated upon it's release, even to this day but Bernard Rose's contemporary horror based on the short story, The Forbidden, by Clive Barker is a minor masterpiece and features a menacing performance from Tony Todd. While Freddy Kruger, Michael Myers and others stole the horror limelight, the Candyman not just haunted my dreams but forced me to avoid the mirror all the way through my teenage years of school in the fear that Candyman would appear and rip his hook through my gullet - in turn it didn't make me very popular in school. If you haven't seen…
Candyman is another one of those movies I have a hard time rating due to inner-turmoil caused by nostalgia. I have wanted to give this movie a re-watch for so long, that now that I finally have, I wonder if maybe I should have just let it remain in the annals of my personal sentiment.
This is still a decent story about urban legends, with a heavy emphasis on urban as the short story written by Clive Barker was taken out of England and placed in inner-city Chicago, containing a tragic tale accompanied by a haunting and ethereal score from the genius of Philip Glass. Tony Todd will forever remain one of my favorite genre-actors but something about this movie…
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20th film watched for my official 2014 Halloween season horror movie MegaBash (still not following the order I set for it yet)
So... apparently, a lot of people are deciding this isn't as good as they once thought it was... Shame be on the lot of you. Like with several of these re-watches for the season, this film has never played stronger than it did today. Of course, I've got the speakers cranked a fair deal (and they're small speakers) (small, but powerful with the right movie). Tony Todd's one-of-a-kind voice filling the room like he's right behind me. Doing all this (shutting off the lights, turning off the fan, making sure I can hear the film's quiet as clearly…
Thoroughly weird and boiling over with enough pain and sadness (and barbed social commentary) to almost cover up the fact that it stops making sense in the home stretch. Good accidental double feature with THE WITCH (old folktale/new folktale, the woods/the projects). Shades of Lovecraft too, where for a white professor, the horrors of slavery and black poverty are the unknowable, the ancient evils. To glimpse them first hand drives her mad.
Exactly the kind of gorgeously realized, subtextually meaty horror movie that conventional wisdom suggests could never exist on a big studio level in 1992. The lush neo-gothic vibe of it is enhanced considerably by Tony Todd's Candyman, who talks a little like a homicidal spin on the angels from Wings of Desire and sells every word, as well as Philip Glass' beautiful score. Virginia Madsen is also pretty great in a lead role that like all truly virulent urban legends may not actually make any sense at all.
My final praise is reserved for Xander "Xandyman" Berkeley, who here surpasses his role as Waingro in LA Takedown in my esteem. His final scene in the bathroom gives you everything you could ever want from XB and then some, definitely one for the sizzle reel.
Candyman fails to convince in laying out its bizarre horror story that really has more plot holes than it does twists.
I was willing to give it the benefit of the doubt for about two thirds of the film but things get progressively worse and increasingly stupid, and I haven't read the Clive Barker short this is based on but somehow I doubt this was what he had in mind.
Really top-notch horror flick that excels in both story and tone - and doesn't disappoint with gore either. Virginia Madsen & Tony Todd are both excellent, but the real standout here is Phillip Glass' score.
Watching this late at night in absolute darkness, I actually had to pause and walk away from it for a bit. Effective scares, a great villain, and it develops past simple slasher into a psychological horror I wasn't expecting.
Probably the lamest main horror icon ever invented
Tony Todd and his scary voice carry us a ways, but a true horror icon needs more of a hook than just a hook. A supernatural boogeyman shouldn't look like a regular dude in a natty overcoat. I think that's why the character never got a seat at the table with the big boys. That and racism.
Always a great watch.
Expanding upon its source material more often than not for the better, CANDYMAN is a notable genre adaptation that works best when it aims for atmospheric chills. Though horror fans will no doubt be sated by the film's gore and horrific imagery, elsewhere CANDYMAN is especially captivating in its use of an early-'90s Chicago backdrop to drive its rather fascinating take on social issues via urban legend.
Loved the Chicago aesthetic. Insane production design and a great horror icon.
Oh, you totally get to see Virginia Madsen boobies....worth the watch.
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