Sunday, October 14, 2012

Sweet tooth: Candyman(1992)

What with all the props given to major horror film characters like Jason Voorhees, Freddy Krueger, Pinhead, Leatherface and Michael Myers, I'd like to offer my own kudos to a killer nicknamed "Candyman" who is the title character of the 1992 film of the same name. Candyman is directed by Bernard Rose and isn't on Blu Ray yet. I hope it is soon. This movie is a grim, melancholy, spooky and at times downright scary affair in which a long dead man with a stump and nailed on hook for a right hand comes back to haunt, and kill, victims in the Cabrini Green area of Chicago, Illinois. A local college researcher and journalist named Helen Lyle(played by Virginia Madsen) learns all too well that the "Candyman" isn't a myth but is a very real killer. The title character is ably portrayed by Tony Todd whose deep voice amplifies the menace of his vengeful and bloodthirsty character. There are numerous "shock" sequences of violence and gore as the Candyman does his bloodletting. I also like the score which often utilizes classical music and blends well with the frequent dream like sequences in which Helen Lyle communicates with the killer. I haven't seen the two sequels to this movie but I'm planning on buying the DVDs to both before the end of the year.