Candyman (1992)

Director: Bernard Rose
Writer: Bernard Rose
Based on: Clive Barker‘s story The Forbidden
Cast: Virginia Madsen, Tony Todd, Xander Berkeley, Kasi Lemmons, Vanessa Williams

Helen (Virginia Madsen) wants to write a thesis about urban legends. Among them, the legend of the Candyman: if you say his name five times into the mirror, he will come through it and kill you. Her research takes Helen to a run down apartment complex that have been haunted by a series of murders. Bit by bit Helen comes to believe that the Candyman actually exists.

This movie was surprisingly not awful. I mean, it was pretty cheesy and the ending could have been better, but it was tense and it had the most excellent score by Philip Glass. I was caught up in it.

I don’t know what it is about choirs that makes them so eery so quickly, but Glass knows how to use that to make the film completely creepy. I had goosebumps half of the time. Soundtracks are especially important in horror movies and I think that Glass works saves the film in many parts, making it creepy where it could have become ridiculous.

Towards the end though, the soundtrack wasn’t enough anymore and the cheese took over. [SPOILER] When Helen saves the baby, I couldn’t help but roll my eyes. But when she herself turns into a legend and comes out of the mirror – I loved that part. [/SPOILER]

The Candyman’s story itself was rather meh, though. It consisted mostly of clichés. Also, I might have missed it but it never became clear to me why he was actually called the Candyman. It’s not like he had any particular connection to Candy. Beeman would have made more sense.

In any case the film manages to be greater than the sum of its parts. Rose creates a tense atmosphere that pulls you in and works like hell. More often than not it’s the other way round (where the good parts of a film just don’t form a cohesive whole) and it was nice to get this version, too.

Summarising: If you like horror movies.

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