aka Clive Barker’s Candyman
99 min., 1992
Written by Bernard Rose
Directed by Bernard Rose
My rating: ★★★★
Candyman, Candyman, Candyman, Candyman…
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Helen Lyle (Virginia Madsen) and Bernadette Walsh (Kasi Lemmons) are working on a thesis about urban legends. While listening to some students, Helen learns about the Candyman. If you look in the mirror and say Candyman five times, he is supposed to appear behind you and cut you from groin to gullet with a hook. They do more research and end up in Cabrini Green where the original story is supposed to come from. As they dig deeper Helen starts to see Candyman wherever she goes. Is she going crazy, or is the Candyman real and chosen Helen as his next victim?
To start with, Tony Todd is awesome. He plays the Candyman perfectly. He makes him creepy and then turns him into a sad victim that you feel bad for. His performance really jumps this movie into the great category. Now everyone else does a fine job, Virginia Madsen is great as the heroine and through her acting you really question if she is really losing her mind. Xander Berkeley as Helen’s husband is awesome as the loving turned scumbag, you fall for his tricks and then you hate him. Great cast and well written characters overall.
There aren’t many effects in the movie, but what’s there is really good. The use of actual bees over CG bees is always a plus in my book, and boy did they use those bees. Most of the other violence that happens is off screen, but when it’s there, it’s really good.
I want to give a special nod to the score. It’s one of the best. Most of it is very subtle and it really helps to heighten the mood. It’s used very effectively and doesn’t overpower any of the scenes. Well maybe once or twice, but I’ll forgive it.
A lot of times Candyman is lumped into the category of a Slasher film. But Candyman is not a slasher, but more of a descent into madness. So if you end up watching, don’t expect to see heads rolling across the floor, but expect a well-acted and sometimes creepy piece of film.
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