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Candyman (1992) – A Bit of a Horror Cult Classic, But It Didn’t Do Much For Me

I like Tony Todd. Tony Todd make a great menacing bad guy. I like Horror movies with big menacing bad guys. I like Clive Barker’s writing, and this movie is based on one of his stories. My buddy, whom I trust when it comes to horror movie recommendations likes this movie. All that and all I can really say is “meh.”

Candyman is a movie about a killer with a hook that is summoned by looking in a mirror and saying his name five times. Yeah, that’s really original. So a professor at a local University, Helen Lyle (Virginia Madsen) is studying the legend of Candyman and a murder that was attributed to him. So she stupidly says his name in the mirror five times and all of a sudden she’s kind of possessed by him. Blacking out, she finds herself covered in blood in a washroom in a tenement, a dog’s severed head near by, a mother screaming for her baby that has gone missing. Yeah – she gets busted for kidnapping and burglary and such… So, a bunch of weird things happen and I’m left wondering if Candyman kills anyone, or if just the people that say his name five timed on the mirror are doing the killing for him. I just don’t know and the move made me not care.

Ugh. I don’t know – I’m not compelled to write much more about this movie as it seemed like a pale attempt at simulating a supernatural horror movie – it just doesn’t do it for me at all. 

Here’s a trailer:

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