When I first saw Candyman on VHS it messed me up pretty hard. Like 7- or 8-year-old Michael wasn’t even partially prepared for what was going to happen in the movie. I honestly like that’s why I avoided the sequels, or at the very least I didn’t actively seek them out. I hadn’t seen Candyman since the first viewing up until a couple of years ago when I watched it while it was on Netflix. It didn’t mess me up upon viewing it as an adult. I will be watching the sequels this time.
Candyman was written and directed by Bernard Rose. It was based on the short story The Forbidden by Clive Barker. It stars Virginia Madsen, Tony Todd, Xander Berkeley, and Kasi Lemmons. When I first saw Candyman I thought Virginia Madsen was Gillian Anderson. It wasn’t for some time that I found out that I was wrong. Tony Todd is fantastic in the movie. His screen presence is on a whole different level, especially for someone that doesn’t appear on screen until about thirty minutes in.
Candyman focuses on two grad students studying folklore. The students, Helen and Bernadette, are interviewing students about some stories. Helen hears a story about Candyman and the story’s connection to the low rent neighborhood Cabrini-Green. Helen’s husband, Trevor, is a professor at the university. They have a dinner with a professor that tells them all about the story behind the legend. Candyman starts to come after Helen, who had repeated his name five times. Helen is made to look insane by Candyman. I’m going to shorten everything and skip to the end. Helen dies after Candyman tries to have her join him in the afterlife. She does in a way, because the movie ends after Trevor is killed by Helen after he says her name five times in front of a mirror. Watch the movie if you want to see how good the movie is.
Candyman has some early computer effects. They are definitely dated, but with as early as they are they aren’t actually that bad. The practical effects look amazing. I do want to say whoever decided to give Candyman that coat did an amazing job, because that coat is awesome. Philip Glass did the music. The score is just outstanding. You should listen to it and then see where else you can find it.
Candyman is a horror movie that really stood the test of time. With the new movie coming out I thought it was a great time to revisit the first movie, and see the others for the first time. It’s available on Peacock. I will give Candyman 10 bloody hooks out of 10.