Are you guys ready for some fresh 90s horror?
Too bad, I’m writing about it anyways. Lets talk Candyman.
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.
Alright, this little gem was penned by the man himself, Mr. Clive Barker. It stars Virginia Madsen as Helen and Tony Todd and his sultry beautiful voice as Candyman.
This is one of those movies that I had forgotten about, and was surprised upon revisiting it. It’s pretty enjoyable, delivers some fun, and very 90s acting, effects and all around just makes for a really enjoyable movie.
The movie was apparently filmed, at least partly, at the actual housing project referenced in the movie called “Cabrini-Green”, which is ACTUALLY a gang-run building in Chicago. Apparently a deal was made with the ruling gang of the project that they would be included in the film as extras, and in return the cast and crew would have their safety guaranteed.
As well as that awesome bit of side trivia, apparently the scene with, and I’m limiting spoilers here, Tony Todd, Virginia Madsen and some bees have a party… actual bees were used and put into Tony Todd’s mouth.
If those fun facts don’t make you want to watch the movie, then I don’t know what else you could possibly want.
As I mentioned, the movie does turn in good performances and manages to keep you interested. The story is engaging, and Helen’s situation does become more and more impossible as she becomes more and more involved with Candyman.
That being said, the movie isn’t really a fantastic or special movie. It is pretty standard fare, especially for you young folks who are used to new horror movies and haven’t done a whole lot of venturing into the old ones.
There are several sequels to this movie, but I have it on good authority that they aren’t especially good. However, if you love the sequels and think this one sucks…feel free to send me a message and tell me how wrong I am and how Candyman : Farewell to the Flesh is the best movie in the history of time.
All in all the movie is good, worth checking out and certainly not a waste of your time. I like Tony Todd, and it’s fun to see him pop up like Robert Englund in movies these days, but its also nice to see one of his more noteable characters. Plus, my god, that voice of his is spectacular.
So, if you’re looking for a fun 90s slasher, you could do much worse than Candyman.
Final Grade : C+