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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…
"It was always you, Helen. Come with me and be immortal."
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…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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.
Re-watch, last time I saw this in the late 90's in my teens. Now it felt that this was better now, or then I understood this better. Although I didn't quite always understand Candyman's logic. It still didn't bother me because the story and atmosphere worked well. I've always been fascinated about urban legends and at their best they can be very great entertainment. This belongs to that category despite some of its weaknesses. Movie's ending was still quite effective.
While studying urban legends, grad student Helen (Virginia Madsen) stumbles onto one legend in particular that turns her life inside out. Despite some stumbling (you'd think that - trance or not - she'd learn not to pick up sharp objects), this film is, for the most part, as compelling and hypnotic as Tony Todd's voice. Effectively handled by Bernard Rose (adapting a Clive Barker story) and chillingly scored by Philip Glass.
Started this flick years ago and it scared the pants off me. Consequently I stopped watching the movie right when shit hit the fan. Now all these years later I have watched it and glad I have. Virginia Madsen as Helen really grounds the movie and makes the events believable as they unfold. Tony Todd is great as always and absolutely chilling as CANDYMAN. This IS a movie that will keep you up at night! And that is something I almost never say.
I've always loved urban legends and weird scary stories of all kinds. I think the fact they're so prevalent in every time and every place shows how horror is tied so fundamentally to what it means to be human. This film not only explores that it crafts an amazing movie around it. Stunningly directed, kept me glued to the screen from start to finish. and I think the main was great in her role.
One basic law of cinema that seems to be too easily broken is that you have to know and care about the character to be fully invested in what happens to them and this movie does a great job of developing her so that the events…
Everyone knows this movie but at the same time I think it's underrated somehow. Nobody really ever mentions and it's a shame because it's genuinely terrifying at parts. Tony Todd's performance as the Candyman should be included amongst the great horror baddies. Dude is walking around being a smooth talker and killing kids and chopping off dicks. Terrifying. That scene where he first sees Helen (Virginia Madsen is pretty great in this too) and she seems to be frozen in time and one single tear drop rolls down her face as he tells her to be his victim IS FUCKING BEAUTIFUL. One of my favorite scenes ever. Also, speaking of underrated, what a great score this has.
"BE MY VICTIM"
Man...what can I say about this film...
This was my first time really watching it- I remember back when I was a kid and my brother creeped me out at a restaurant by talking about the 'Candyman' and if you say his name five times in a mirror- he will come for you...and kill you.
Now- a few years went by and I decided to check it out, and in the first 5-10 minutes I got creeped out and turned it off. I wasn't ready for it.
But now...I am 19 years old, and finally really watching this movie the whole way through. And I must say, this movie still creeps me out- but not as much…
I can't believe this movie invented scores
Candyman, candyman, candyman,candyman.....
Cool concept, squanderd by a lame villain. Thought the story was interesting and thought the sets looked cool. Specially Candymans lair. The main actress also was pretty compelling and HOT!! Dug most of the music in this and there was also some cool cinematography. Like I said the villain was this film's downfall. Never found him scary and his voice overs where ridiculous. The last 20 minutes really brought this film down atleast a half to a full star.
With director Bernard Rose and the Candyman himself Tony Todd in attendance
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