All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. 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.
My bias towards this movie stems from the fact that it is the first horror movie I ever watched, so I am not sure if I can judge this film fairly.
So please share your thoughts on the film with me. I am curious to find out if I am alone here.
Although the horror trope of psychosis vs real threat has been done a million times, this movie still worked for me. Often it is quite obvious that the lead is either crazy or just perceived as such, but in Candyman you never really find out for sure which it is.
I appreciated the choice of location, not often do horror movies take place in a poor urban environment (aside from horror comedy). I also liked the way they show the Candyman as a mask for a legitimate threat the people living in the apartment building face daily, only to show that maybe the horror story is more real than expected.
At first my biggest complaint was the use of the…
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"They will say that I have shed innocent blood. What's blood for if not for shedding? With my hook for a hand, I'll split you from your groin to your gullet. I came for you."
Urban legends tap our deepest fears, the character of Candyman is a twist on the infamous Bloody Mary urban legend, witch involves invoking the spirt of Mary Worth. She is said to appear in a mirror when her name is called three times. To give it an even more grisly nature, Candyman is characterized by a hook, which is an element in other urban legend stories.
"Be my victim. Be my victim."
This is one of the few good psychological horror films out there. Tony…
Candyman is a movie that terrified me as a pre-teen, and had me and my friends scared of dark bathrooms for about a year.
The first half is a fascinating and incisive look at the terror of urban life, generational guilt, and the legacy of racism. The cinematography by Anthony B. Richmond and music by Philip Glass are wonderful, and do much to portray the city as a menacing force. But it's the second half — a no-hooks-barred romp of bees, blades, and blood — that really shines.
I'd love a sequel featuring Helen. Sweet, sweet Helen.
not the bees
"You doubted me, doubted my legend...so I came for you, Helen" - Candyman.
Holy cow, after all these years I've just realized if you Kirk Langstrom 'Candyman' you get Man-Candy (ha ha). Now I'm picturing a giant anthropomorphic half-candy, half-man.
Listened to a live commentary from director Bernard Rose during the Movie Crypt Live Marathon w/ Adam Green & Joe Lynch.
Pretty fucking great.
I love this movie.
Virginia Madsen, man. Man... man.
Creative and fun, reminds me of the tone of Poltergeist. For most of it, I really thought that it was about some self-manifesting unchecked complicity in anti-blackness in the white protagonist, because it really doesn't shy away from acknowledging stuff like that.
The 2016 (2nd) edition of the list. You can see the original and more info here.
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