Rating: *** ( 3 out of 5)
Year: 1992

Plot: From acclaimed horror Guru Clive Barker comes a modern twist on the urban legend genre. Set in Chicago’s Cabrini-Green housing projects, he brings you the tale of a well-to-do bouncy blond whose thesis project takes her to the belly of the twetieth century beast. Perhaps she can escape the ghetto with a mere beating, but how will she fare against a supernatural, baritone negro with a hook for a hand and a belly full of bees?

Review: Candyman was released right on the heels of the Rodney King beating and the subsequent riots. The country’s racial tensions had never been higher, and this movie capitalizes on that anxiety without crossing the line into racism. One of the devices that works best in this movie is Candyman’s ability to make it appear as if his victims were actually killed by the woman whom he is stalking. Barker’s story writing succeeds in part because it’s just so damn weird. The movie goes in directions that the viewer really doesn’t expect. Perhaps it goes too far towards the end, but the flick’s flat-out weirdness increases the suspense. You think to yourself, “What’s this movie going to do to me next?”

Notable scene: Helen (played by Virginia Madsen) awakens in her apartment drugged and disoriented to find her dog decapitated, her best friend sliced and diced, a butcher knife in her hand and cops yelling it her to put it down and her hands in the air… harder to explain than when your wife finds lipstick that she doesn’t own on a pair of your underwear.
Gore :         Buckets
Sex/Nudity: Nipples
(there’s a good, old-fashioned strip-search!)
Scariness:   Screams
Campiness: Donald Pleasances
Creepiness: Cellar Doors

Munchy Suggestion: Go ahead and dig into the Halloween candy you just bought for the big night… and eat it all! There’s plenty of time to restock.
For More: Information than you require about the flick, look here: Wiki or here: IMDB.

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