Tuesday, December 8, 2009


Released: 1992
Reviewed: 12.6.09
Star rating: 3 out of 5

Virginia Madsen (Helen), Tony Todd (Candyman/Daniel), Xander Berkeley (Trevor), Kasi Lemmons (Bernie), Vanessa Williams (Anne-Marie), DeJuan Guy (Jake), Ted Raimi (Billy).

The Candyman stories are myth and folklore. Or are they? Look in the mirror and say his name 3 times and he will appear so find out for yourself. When grad student Helen is drawn to the housing project where the Candyman dwells in search of research material, she found out. As the bodies pile up and the cops hold her responsible reality dissolves.

I've seen this one a few times over the years. The story starts a bit slow spending a fair amount of time on plot development before things get moving. Character development is focused mainly around the Candyman with little done for the supporting roles. As the action gets going there are a few good BOO moments and some blood but not much of the violence is actually shown indicating a somewhat lower budgeted film. Not a really scary film but a solid horror entry.

Acting felt bland in this one. Madsen put out a bit of emotion but not much, and it didn't feel real. Todd was stoic but it actually fit the role well. Berkeley is a waste in a dramatic role, he plays a much better criminal. Everyone else was somewhat uninteresting as a whole.

Camera work, sets and backgrounds were minimalistic and rough which supported the movie while leaving it feeling undone or amateurish. Dialogue and sound were nicely done. Special effects were minimal but well done centering mostly around dripping blood.

Overall, a good entry level horror with nice psychological effects for younger viewers. With some gore, violence, and brief nudity save this for older teens and above.

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