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Candyman is a 1992 American supernatural horror film written and directed by Bernard Rose, and produced by Clive Barker and Steve Golin, based on the short story “The Forbidden” by Clive Barker, though the film’s scenario is switched from England to the Cabrini–Green public housing development on Chicago’s Near North Side.
Candyman, played with style by the amazing Tony Todd, was the son of a former slave who, according to the film, entered polite society as an artist. During the course of painting the beautiful Caucasian woman, they fall in love and she becomes pregnant.
Outraged, the locals hunt Candyman down, sever his right hand and cover him in honey, attracting bees, who sting him to death.
Fast forward to the present day Chicago and two university students, who are researching urban legends. Helen, played with style by Virginia Madsen, learns about Candyman, who is spoken of in hushed tones by the local African American community. They talk of brutal murders committed by Candyman, after his name is spoken in front of a mirror.
Intrigued, Helen investigates further, causing unrest in the local Cabrini Green area, a run down housing project. Helen faces animosity from the local African Americans, who are uneasy about a Caucasian woman looking around their neighbourhood.
Candyman, sensing Helen disbelieves his legacy, finally reveals himself to her, sending Helen on a brutal, gruesome descent into insanity. Along the way she discovers her husband, a university lecturer, is cheating on her with a student, and finds herself at the scene of two horrific murders, with no idea how she got there.
Candyman is a must see film, for various reasons. Firstly, Tony Todd brings Candyman to life with his large stature ( Tony is six feet, six inches tall ) and his deep, rich voice. Throughout the film it’s hard to dislike a character who, through no fault of his own, is violently slain. Also the film touches on racial discrimination against African Americans, not only in the past but the present day too, which makes for uncomfortable viewing.
A masterpiece of a horror film.