Helen Lyle is a student who decides to write a thesis about local legends and myths. She visits a part of the town, where she learns about the legend of the Candyman, a one-armed man who appears when you say his name five times, in front of a mirror. Of course, Helen doesn't believe all this stuff, but the people of the area are really afraid. When she ignores their warnings and begins her investigation in the places that he is rumored to appear, a series of horrible murders begins. Could the legend be true? Written by
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Exterior, hallway and stairway scenes were actually filmed for a few days in the infamous Cabrini-Green housing projects, though the producers had to make a deal with the ruling gang members to put them in the movie as extras to ensure the cast and crew's safety during filming. Even with this arrangement, a sniper put a bullet through the production van on the last day of filming, though no one was injured. See more »
Wire visible pulling the Candyman backwards out of the window to escape the psychiatrist's office at the hospital. See more »
They will say that I have shed innocent blood. What's blood for, if not for shedding?
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A film that truly belongs in line with the other genre greats
We've all heard urban legends, just about every town seems to have a few. The questions of course is whether or not any of them are based on fact. There's the old favorite about the couple in a parked car harassed by a man with a hook, but did that really happen? It sure makes a good premise for a Horror movie and has been done a number of times, though not always successfully. The most recent example is of course the 'Urban Legend' series of films, which started pretty decent, but quickly became tired. A few years prior came a film that not only brought urban legends to the screen, but made many afraid to look into a mirror for a long time, including yours truly.
Pros: Solid performances. Another terrific directing job by Bernard Rose. Phillip Glass's score is both beautiful and haunting. Beautiful cinematography. Great script. Terrifying villain that fortunately doesn't spout one-liners. Well-paced. Suspenseful. Some really powerful scares.
Cons: The last few moments really weren't needed and actually cheapen the film a tiny bit.
Final thoughts: Many say 'The Exorcist' is the scariest film they've ever seen. That film certainly effected me the first time I saw it, but not nearly as much as this one. It would be years before I was OK with being alone in the bathroom alone at night. Any movie that has that kind of effect on a person must be pretty darn scary. 'Candyman' is without question one of the greatest Horror films of not only the 1990s, but period.
My rating: 4.5/5
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