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Candyman

by

Jeff Nelson

Candyman is a great movie that will keep you hooked from start to finish.

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Nearly everyone has heard of the legend of Bloody Mary. Almost every child has tried saying her name in the mirror to see if the myth is real. This story has influenced many films and other forms of media.

Grad student Helen Lyle is researching urban myths and learns about the Candyman, a hook-handed creature who's said to haunt a Chicago housing project. Lyle summons him and he begins to commit a series of murders, leading the cops to believe that Lyle is responsible. The method of bringing the Candyman out is exactly the same as summoning Bloody Mary. One of the most important elements for this film is the screenplay. This isn't strictly a horror film, but is mainly a mystery/thriller with a bit of horror thrown into the mix. The script does a good job of pacing itself slowly without becoming dull and keeps the audience on the edge.

Candyman and Helen Lyle go head to head throughout, which requires actors who communicate well. Virginia Madsen and Tony Todd do so very well. Virginia Madsen has the look and delivers her lines. Tony Todd is chilling in his role and nails it. His presence is eerie and this is the role he'll most be remembered in. None of the actors drag this film down and all of them are able to play their characters and interact with our heroine well.

Films of this nature are handled much differently in modern times. Most of the budget is used on special FX in many modern films. It's obvious that a lot of thought went into the atmosphere and the setting of the film. It gives the movie a real advantage to put this situation into an area of which people are already afraidf. Don't expect any big explosions or anything of the sort. The camera work is suitable and the visuals do the movie justice.

This definitely isn't the type of film you would call terrifying and isn't anything that will keep you up at night. It's an entertaining flick that keeps you interested throughout. Opinions on the ending may vary, but I found it to be very satisfying. Candyman is a great movie that will keep you hooked from start to finish.

My Rating = Four Stars

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