Grad student Helen Lyle unintentionally summons the Candyman, a hook-handed creature made flesh by other people’s belief in him.

Year: 1992
Certificate: 15
Runtime: 1hr 39m
Director: Bernard Rose
Starring: Virginia MadsenTony ToddXander BerkeleyKasi LemmonsVanessa WilliamsDeJuan GuyMichael CulkinStanley DeSantisGilbert Lewis

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We may have passed Halloween, but that doesn’t mean we can’t watch some scary movies!

For decades, the story of a singular (normally male) antagonist who meanders around the corner looking to stab/slash/gouge/insert suitable-method-of-killing here, and although “Candyman” is similar story, the mythology it brings with it is different to most other films.

The film tells the story of Helen Lyle, a student who finds the history and myths of the area in which she lives of interest and decides to write a thesis on them. One such myth is the legend of the Candyman – a dark, mysterious, figure with a hook for a hand, who, if summoned, will appear and will kill the person who summoned him!

Despite warnings from friends and locals who tell her to leave this story alone, she pursues the mysterious legend, a story that through fear has not been told for a very long time. As she continues her investigations a string of violent murders take place. Could this be connected? Has the Candyman returned?

Although released in 1992, this move stands up pretty well. As with most films filmed in the early 90s, the acting and special effect seem a little old school by today’s standards, but the violence still might make you want to cover your eyes… Just a little.

I love the script for this movie, the story is simple and well explained (it’s also elaborated on in it’s sequels) and although the film contains some typical horror tropes, I like that there is a fine line between what is real and what is not. In Friday the 13th and Halloween Movies, the killer is a real person, not myth. With A Nightmare on Elm Street, Freddy finds you in your dreams, so the character of the Candyman is both myth and reality. Hard to explain without diving deeper into the story.
What I can tell you is that you won’t find me saying his name 5 times into a mirror… NO THANK YOU!!!

As already mentioned, the acting seems old school, however the performances in the film are great. Virginia Madsen as Helen Lyle and Tony Todd as the titular character are the stand out performers, but the extended cast of the ever popular Vanessa Williams and the instantly recognisable Xander Berkeley also bring plenty to the party.

One thing that also stood out to me when watching this film and it’s something that often goes unnoticed, but the location of the movie feels like a character in itself. It helps display the themes of racial divide and how even though the people of Cabrini Green see horrible and scary things everyday, nothing compares to the horrible and scary things that could happen if you summon the Candym… nope can’t even say it 5 times in this review!!

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