Friday, September 18, 2009

Hooked For Life: Candyman(1992)

Horror movie iconic characters like Freddy Krueger, Leatherface, Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees and Pinhead may always get the majority of attention and props among "slasher" horror film fans but I also think there's something to be said for a fellow named Daniel Robitaille, aka "The Candyman". This character first appeared in Candyman(1992), a horror movie directed by Bernard Rose and based on a story written by Clive Barker. The "Candyman" is ably portrayed by veteran actor Tony Todd.

In this film, set in Chicago, Illinois a college student, "Helen Lyle"(played by Virginia Madsen), while accumulating content for a research paper, investigates a local urban legend that thrives in a section of Chicago suburbia called Cabrini Green. This legend, a fellow named "Candyman", is a shadowy, hulking menace who sports a huge hook in place of his absent right hand and, turns out, isn't afraid to use it. Is he real? And is it true that if you recite "Candyman" aloud five times this fellow will appear?

The film itself is a moody, grim feature with lots of use of shadows and often sudden, graphic scenes of violence in which the "Candyman" employs his hook on some very unfortunate victims. Take a look at the trailer: