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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Candyman (1992) - Bernard Rose



Candyman has been a movie that I had talked about with friends since my time on the play-yard. I had always appreciated the intrigue that came with the story. I found it fascinating. Candyman was an amazing horror figure even though he had a short run. I had this on VHS and DVD. I had seen this numerous times. It was only a matter of time before I wrote about it. 

Helen is investigating the urban myth known as Candyman. This murderous entity is said to be haunting the walls of a housing tenement in Chicago, IL. She dips a little too close when strange occurrences start going on. When Candyman starts showing up her life starts spiraling out of control.


Tony Todd gives a stellar performance. He delivers his lines in this unmistakably frightening voice. Candyman is a horror icon beside the best of them and Tony Todd breaths life into it. However, you can't really do too bad when Clive Barker is your creator. Virginia Madsen stars as our heroin Helen and she sells her torment so well. Her story is fascinating. Watching her go down this horrifying rabbit hole makes this entertaining and creates a very intense terror. It's complimented by it's soundtrack composed by Philip Glass. It was effective weather Glass feels that way or not. 


This film delivers some pretty graphic scenes of gore and brutality. Helen goes through a lot when she is being haunted by our supernatural villain. It's tough to watch at times but really well done.

I love that Candyman is more than just another horror movie icon. The scenes with Candyman and Helen are the most intriguing and well done. Did I mention the intensity in the scenes. Incredibly intense. There are a few more things that I could ramble on about with this movie, but lets see... This movie would be ultimate if Clive Barker directed it. 

Director: Bernard Rose
Starring: Tony Todd, Virginia Madsen, Xander Berkeley, and Vanessa Williams
Style: Supernatural Psychological Horror - Spirit
Country: USA
Studio: PolyGram Filmed Entertainment

Did ya know...
Tony Todd is highly recognized for his performance as Candyman, he is on most top 10 lists as one of the scariest antagonists.
Virginia Madsen claims to be hypnotized for a number of the scenes in the film.
Look for V (Comment with your answers to my little games)
There were actually murders in the Cabrini-Green Projects, done just as the movie suggests.

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