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TBT Movie Review: Candyman

It’s graduation season, so for this week’s TBT Movie Review, I decided to take a look back at one of the best horror movies to come out the year I graduated – “Candyman.”

“Candyman, directed by Bernard Rose, came out in 1992 (yeah, I’m old but young at heart, even if I have a bad heart) and is based on Clive Barker’s “The Forbidden.”

The basic story is Helen Lyle (Virginia Madsen) is a grad student writing a paper on local urban legends in Chicago and comes across the story of the Candyman. Supposedly, if you said his name five times while staring in a mirror, he appears and kills you with a meat hook. If you wondered, yes, I tried it back in the day.

Spoiler alert, since this is a horror movie, it works. The Candyman appears. And he begins killing people quite violently with fair amounts of blood. If you like that kind of thing in your horror movies (I do), you'll enjoy the kills.

Tony Todd stars as the Candyman, and he is fantastic. His voice is just amazing. When he speaks, you can hear the malice in his voice. Forget Morgan Freeman, I’d like Tony Todd to narrate my life story when I’m gone.

Anyhow, Todd’s Candyman is definitely one of the great horror bad guys, and his back story makes him a sympathetic monster. The whole bee thing gives a sense of foreboding, as well. If you have seen the movie, or plan to, you’ll understand what I mean. I’m not a fan of bees ever since I got stung as an eye lid when I was 9 years old.

Interestingly, there is a brand new “Candyman,” coming out this August. It’s not really a remake, but a re-imagining of the original story. I checked out the trailer today and it looks pretty damn good and Todd reprises his role, so that's kind of awesome. He looks a lot older, but his magnificent voice remains the same.

What’s your favorite horror movie from the year you graduated?


Directed by Bernard Rose

1992 1 hour, 42 minutes

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