Movie: "Candyman"
Year: 1992
Rated: R
Genre: Horror
Directed by: Bernard Rose
Writing credits: Clive Barker, Bernard Rose

Reviewer: -RoG-
Posted: 9/22/2009

Plot: A student visits some inner city housing projects to investigate an urban legend about a man called "Candyman" who will appear behind you and kill you if you say his name five times in front of a mirror.

Review: It seems like if we want a good scare with movies these days, we no longer can rely on going to the local theaters to watch a horror flick. No, we need to look to the films of yesteryear if we want to find something with more than just cgi gore. If that's the kind of horror movie you want, then allow me to suggest Candyman.

Candyman is a horror film based on a short story written by Clive Barker called "The Forbidden". Now I know when anybody says Barker's name, they immediately think of Hellraiser. That said, I think his greatest contribution to the world of horror is Candyman (even though Bernard Rose is the one who really brought it all to life).

It's a chilling tale based on an inner city urban myth in which a man appears to kill you whenever you say his name "Candyman" five times into a mirror. Virginia Madsen is fantastic as Helen Lyle, the leading heroine of the film, but it's Tony Todd who is really responsible for making it so memorable. His portrayal of Candyman is downright chilling at times. His deep, baritone voice is like that of a street poet from your worst nightmares, "The pain, I can assure you, will be exquisite. As for our deaths, there is nothing to fear. Our names will be written on a thousand walls. Our crimes told and retold by our faithful believers. We shall die together in front of their very eyes and give them something to be haunted by. Come with me and be immortal." When children hide underneath the covers from the "bogeyman", Tony Todd's voice is a likely candidate for what they're imagining he would sound like.

It's not just a chilling tale though, it's a well-crafted story about urban legends and personal sacrifice. Don't worry, there's still plenty of blood in the movie for you gorehounds, just know that this movie has far more substance than your average slasher as it's more of a horror-drama than anything.

Original, eerie, and perfectly cast... this is a movie that truly belongs in every horror collection. Sweets to the Sweet.

Overall rating: WholeWholeWholeWholeHalf
(Scored on a 0.5 - 5 pickles rating: 0.5 being the worst and 5 being the best)

Reader Comments

Scruffy drunken Brit
Sep 22nd, 2009, 05:48 AM
This film put the shits right up me and my sister when we were kids.
When it finished I started saying it in front of a mirror, she smacked me upside my head.

Haven't seen it for an age, think I'll dig it out.
Sep 22nd, 2009, 07:51 AM
Saw this in my early twenties and it scared the crapola out of me. Great film.
Sep 22nd, 2009, 09:03 AM
Seconds on the Virginia Madsen thing - she totally made this movie extra-fine for me. Sorely underused actress, she is.
the axe and the smasher
Sep 22nd, 2009, 11:23 AM
Yes, excellent film. Used to scare the crap out of me as a child.
Cranberry Everything
Sep 22nd, 2009, 11:55 AM
I loved the trailer whenever this movie was playing on TV. It would start out with the "Who can make the sun rise?" song, and then cut to a person screaming and a quick flash of the Candyman.

This movie scared me to death as kid. Great movie.
Ranting Swede
Sep 23rd, 2009, 12:07 AM
I remember watching this movie when i was a little kid.. like 3... watching it from behind a couch because i was supposedly too young to view such a film.. its kind of a good thing i did watch it because now i am not afraid of scary movies of any kind, yet they are my favorite kind of movie. But I also cannot use a public restroom because of Candyman. Funny thing is I dont even remember why, was there something in Candyman that involved a public restroom? or a port a potty?

Pickled Patriarch
Sep 23rd, 2009, 02:18 AM
Yeah, there was a public restroom scene with Virginia Madsen and the gang members. She has the little kid keep watch while she goes in to take photos, but a different "Candyman" comes in to pay her a visit.
Last of the Time Lords
Sep 23rd, 2009, 02:27 AM
Love this one. It actually creeped me the hell out when I was younger. Tony Todd is BRUTAL.

Shame the sequels weren't up to snuff. The second movie isn't terrible, but the third is a waste of time.
Strange blob from beyond
Sep 23rd, 2009, 10:10 AM
this was mine and my exs first date movie!
Retardedly Handsome
Sep 23rd, 2009, 10:35 AM
I remember watching this in the middle of a summer day with the sun shining and we were still scared shitless. I was pretty young at the time still don't think I've brought myself to watch it again, maybe once.
I am Johnny Luchador
Sep 23rd, 2009, 11:08 AM
I hated bee's, and still hate bee's. Also the bathroom scene was traumatizing as a kid.
Sep 23rd, 2009, 12:39 PM
Flush it, read the story instead.
Forum Virgin
Sep 23rd, 2009, 08:53 PM
Candyman is probably the most atmospheric of the 90's and later horror movies. I count it among my top 5 horror flicks of all time. I love this one.
lurking on the walls
Sep 23rd, 2009, 10:30 PM
I remember this movie, creepy as hell, not many movies like that anymore. Now they're all gore killing scenes meant to scare you, but it doesn't work... Even the new Friday the 13th wasn't scary in my standards.

but this one is classic, and much better than "Urban Legends: Bloody Mary" which is a waste of time for people if you ask me (i own it by the way)
Sep 24th, 2009, 03:56 AM
All the sequels sucked.
Drunk Yamo
Sep 24th, 2009, 04:54 PM
I just want to say that "put the shits right up me" is now my new favorite phrase.
Forum Virgin
Sep 24th, 2009, 05:25 PM
Did you ever think the Candyman was pissed off at Beetlejuice because you only had to say his name 3 times to call him as opposed to 5?
An Arizona Horror Company
Sep 27th, 2009, 03:45 PM
One of Tony Todd's best performances. This and Savini's NOTLD remake put him in the top five percent of genre performers, I think. He's always consistently good but these were films that really showcased what he can do. (And don't forget that great, shaggy-dog cameo he had in HATCHET.)
The Power of Grayskull
Sep 28th, 2009, 10:36 AM
It's good to see you take my suggestion earlier this month and toss Candyman some love Rog. I watched it for the first time last year (and it still holds up today) and since then, wondered what you thought of it, as I've come to trust your opinion when it comes to horror movies. It is definitely slower paced and more psychological than the genre is known for, but that's why it works so well.
Forum Virgin
Sep 30th, 2009, 06:00 AM
Saw this one in the theater when it first came out, then talked about it in high school the next day. One girl I knew hadn't heard of the movie and thought I was just trying to scare her (I gave the brief description of "If you say his name while looking in a mirror five times, he shows up and kills you.")... good times!