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Based on a story by Clive Barker and skillfully written and directed by Bernard Rose, Candyman rises above most horror films by eerily suggesting that some urban legends--in this case a particularly frightening one--have a spooky basis in reality. The legend of the Candyman is a potent one around the high-rise tenements of Chicago's Cabrini-Green housing complex, where the residents speak of a dark, ominous figure who appears when his victims say his name five times in front of a mirror, then mercilessly slashes them to death. Upon learning that the Candyman is rumored to live in one of the vacant tenements, a University of Illinois researcher (Virginia Madsen) investigates a recent murder at Cabrini-Green. She learns that the Candyman (played by Tony Todd) is both unreal and chillingly real--a supernatural force of evil empowered by those who believe in his legend. He is a killer made flesh by the belief of others, and the young researcher's investigation is a threat to his existence. What happens next? We wouldn't dare spoil the chills, but rest assured that writer-director Rose has tapped into a wellspring of urban angst and fear, and Candyman serves up its gruesome frights with a refreshing dose of intelligence. --Jeff Shannon
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It is stunning visually and balanced. The horror is psychological. It is not a slasher flick.
Phillip Glass was "conned" into doing the soundtrack, and it wouldn't be the same film without it.
Bernard Rose's adaptation of Clive Barker's chilling novella has got be acknowledged as the greatest adaptation by a director of materials in the written form, in actual fact, dramatically improving on Barker's work.
The story begins with two anthropology post graduate students conducting a research on urban legends with primary focus on the legend of the Candyman, and disbelieving in the existence of the paranormal, and under the misconception that the Candyman legend is merely urban folklore, the two dare one another to utter his name three times before a mirror - and while her friend chickened out after saying his name twice, the heroine of the movie utters the name a final time, thereby, summoning forth Candyman who turns her life upside down in an attempt to induce her friends to abandon her and make her realize that he is the only one she has left - with the motive of winning her love as he was a black man who fell in love with a white women resembling our heroine.
This movie constitutes the finest effort by Hollywood at producing a sophisticated horror movie that keeps you wondering whether the things transpiring on screen are the deranged delusions of a person on the brink of mental illness or actual incidents occurring in real life. A fine work du art.
Candyman is a stimulus to the world of racism, the man who was sordidly wronged, to now find love in the must unsuspecting places, and tortured unquestionably for that love. His posture his ways, is faultless, those of an educated supremacy, sets out to continue an art, long gone with his brush hand. Now an artist of the cavalier of death, the merchant of prolonged love, drenched in a misty fog, smeared in rosy red salvation. The profusion and raw sterility of his morbidly hollowed, dank, dark, darkness, the darkness of all unknown places: to go on with his lamented raged mind, a mind of a lover, an artist, of as revenge seeker.