All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1187. An easy way of seeing how…
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…
"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…
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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.
"Four years after Paperhouse, director Bernard Rose repurposed a lot of the dread-stirring techniques of the children’s film for something entirely different: Candyman. The supernatural slasher Candyman is certainly Rose’s most infamous film to date, but a lot of what makes it work as a bone-chilling, reality-disrupting horror can easily be traced back to the familial drama nightmare of Paperhouse. Just like how Paperhouse distinguises between the natural world and the dream world of its protagonist’s crayon drawing, Candyman exists in two distinct spaces: in front of & behind the mirror. The killer from this Clive Barker-penned story is summoned in a mix of Beetlejuice lore & “Bloody Mary” urban legend shenanigans. After someone/anyone says “Candyman” five times in the mirror, the…
Barker's twisted mind
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Entertaining. The premise of summoning the Candyman, while that aspect is unforgettable, it’s also a tad silly. Conceivable though that a serial killer could mimic the persona of an urban legend. I guess it’s not uncommon for killers to have voices telling them what to do, or momentarily blacking out without knowing they are inflicting harm to others. There’s an ambiguity of the main character’s sanity. In some ways, the film takes you into the mind of a hallucinational serial killer.
Candyman may have been an influence on the 90s show The X-Files, the paranormal subject matter, and also the fact Virginia Madsen looks and behaves in a similar way to Dana Scully, especially in the investigative first half.
Watched as a series of horror movies set in Chicago during the Halloween season. This is an excellent movie. It goes way beyond the worn out, ubiquitous urban legends and creates some new nightmarish scenarios. I liked the haughty student stomping around the ghetto like everyone would make way for her research. There are some real surprises of sudden violence, but they are done with art.
Boatloads of atmosphere and a superb score help to create a brilliantly eerie horror.
most memorable scene was poo wall but good movie. wish they did more with the other characters like her friend and that other lady though
Being a product of the '90s, and having come of a particular age in the '90s, "Candyman" held a certain weight among my peers as I was growing up. Any film that looks at any sort of urban legend is probably bound to do that for any kids of the age, probably. However, as someone who hated scary movies growing up, that mostly meant that I dodged this one like the plague during my formative years.
Frankly, even as an adult more predisposed to like horror films (so much so I watched one every day during October), I'm glad I didn't watch this as a kid. It's so, so dark, maybe even too dark for adult me, and adult me…
i don't know what it was about this film - i don't even know if i liked it. but something about me had me very entranced and very engaged. maybe i'm just gay for helen but i found a lot of the images very striking and haunting, despite the slow pace and silly plotting. it felt like i was watching one of my calmer nightmares
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