Movie Review: Candyman (1992)

Spoilers included. Link to review on Letterboxd: five stars.

Amazing transition from the terror in the black Cabrini Green’s mother’s voice about Candyman to the rich white man’s laughter at an expensive dinner. Brilliant and haunting choice.

Helen is also dressed in blue, like traditional depictions of the Virgin Mary. So is the baby’s mother, Anne-Marie.

Madonna del Granduca, Raphael, painted in 1505

Candyman at Rotten Tomatoes

Books by the expert on urban legends, Jan Harold Brunvand (whose work was a source for the screenwriter, Bernard Rose):

The Vanishing Hitchhiker: American Urban Legends and Their Meanings

Encylopedia of Urban Legends

American Folklore: An Encyclopedia

The Baby Train: And Other Lusty Urban Legends

Curses! Broiled Again!

The Mexican Pet: More New Urban Legends and Some Old Favorites

The original source is Clive Barker’s short story “The Forbidden”, which is included in volume five of his Books of Blood, published as In the Flesh in the United States.

Movie series:

Candyman (1992)

Candyman 2: Farewell to the Flesh (1995)

Candyman 3: Day of the Dead (1999)

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