Based upon Clive Barker's short story. This is a film filled with memorable imagery and Tony Todd is enormously effective as Candyman as is Virginia Madsen as the woman investigating the old myth. It has an authentic feel due to it's ghetto scenes and while it has stupid convenient behavior from characters so that they can get killed off it is hard not to say this film feels like a filmed old urban legend.
Woah. That caught me by surprise. Something about the atmosphere, the slow build and just the right use of intensity and horror but in reservation. Nothing arthouse about it but probably one of my favourite straight-ahead horror films. Ahh and the score by Philip Glass certainly helps.
Trevor committed suicide. He couldn't bare when he realized Helen was gone for good, although she left much earlier than that bonfire night. She was crazy and Trevor knew that because, deep down, he was nuts as well. He pulled the knife on himself just as Helen did on her victims. Candyman is just a pattern to pull mad men's legacy into a folklore of the urban setting.
4.5 stars. Hello, best horror film of the 1990's! And one of the only horror films that makes race relations in the USA its fundament. You could count the Shining, but unlike that portrait of white isolation, this attempts to live in the scene of violence built by White America. At a time when more and more are questioning the specter of racism that built our new Jim Crow, Candyman is right behind us.
Saw this in the 90´s and thought it was shit since I was quite taken with the short story by Barker. Saw it again last night and liked it a whole lot. The acting and direction was solid and the story is great. Shame that the photography is really shitty and make the whole movie look like a cheap TV-movie. Plus points for Glass' score.
Possibly the best horror film of the 90s. The Cabrini-Green and urban spray-painted settings adds a lot to this creepy haunting tale, an aura that it was going for manages quite nicely. The final 20 or so minutes do take away from what had been building, but just as much they're needed. For standing out among horrors in a decade of letdowns, I award it 9/10.
While the movie really didn't do it for me, the score is something about this movie that sticks with me until now, years after I've watched it. This score and the one on Argento's "Suspiria" are what come to mind when I think of outstanding scores in horror/suspense flicks.
A startling study of urban legends do exist. (And yes, Clive Barker does owe some credits since it's based on his short story.) Really gruesome and thought-provoking, this film is not on everyone's taste in horror but contains a fantastic & haunting score by Philip Glass and Tony Tood plays a perfect villain unlike any other I've seen. Once you start watching, you'll never want to hear another urban legend again.
Robitaille is an indelible horror figure, worthy of a place in horror fans' nightmares. An eerie mood is sustained throughout due to an unusual locale (for a horror flick) and an outstanding score by Philip Glass. Rose offers up an interesting juxtaposition of time periods with Robitaille representing mid-19th century America being placed within early 1990s urban contemporary America.
A thematically ambitious film in want of space to do its plethora of ideas justice. The villain alone is associated with religion, race, class, sex and nature, but his impact is mostly dependent on Todd's audio/visual peculiarities. Still, it's viscerally effective, an atmosphere of persecution, the moral degradation of a well-played heroine and uncommonly repulsive violence evoking a sense of grotesque melancholia.