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June 30, 2012

The Mike's Top 50 Horror Movies Countdown: #26 - Candyman

Previously on the Countdown: Number 50 - Happy Birthday to Me  Number 49 - Prince of Darkness  Number 48 - House on Haunted Hill  Number 47 - The Monster Squad  Number 46 - Hellraiser  Number 45 - The Fog  Number 44 - Creature From the Black Lagoon  Number 43 - Zombie  Number 42 - Tales from the Crypt  Number 41 - Bubba Ho-Tep  Number 40 - Phantom of the Paradise  Number 39 - Dog Soldiers Number 38 - Pontypool  Number 37 - Dark Water  Number 36 - Army of Darkness Number 35 - The Legend of Hell House  Number 34 - Poltergeist  Number 33 - The Abominable Dr. Phibes  Number 32 - The Phantom of the Opera  Number 31 - The House of the Devil   Number 30 - Evil Dead II  Number 29 - Dead of Night  Number 28 - Carnival of Souls  Number 27 - Nosferatu
(1992, Dir. by Bernard Rose.)
Why It's Here:
Balancing on the line between the old-fashioned ghost film and the slasher film, Clive Barker's tale of the Candyman always has something unique up its sleeve.  Anchored by Tony Todd's titanic frame and a haunting musical score by renowned composer Phillip Glass, Candyman is a one-of-a-kind horror film.  But it's not all kills and scares, with a focus on urban legends and their place in cultures and societies serving as a fascinating companion to the horror trademarks of the film.

The Moment That Changes Everything:
Any moment in which Candyman surprises a potential victim is worthwhile, but the film's most haunting image occurs when he shows up in broad daylight, beckoning Virginia Madsen's Helen from the other end of a parking garage.  Todd's booming voice should create unease in even the most cynical viewer.

It Makes a Great Double Feature With:
One of the central themes of the film - as with much of the horror realm - is to be careful what you wish for.  In a roundabout way, it's the same kind of theme as Stan Winston's '80s monsterfest Punpkinhead.  The urban legend comes to life and runs out of control in both films, and the sharp contrast between the settings and characters in the two films should make this double feature an interesting social experiment in poverty, revenge, and fate.

What It Means To Me:
My first blitz into horror of the R-rated variety occurred in the early 1990s, and Candyman stood tall as one of the shining examples of what horror is.  It's an intelligent story that still feels like it came from a campfire tale of terror, and it still packs all of the punch that it did 20 years ago.


live sports said...

nice video

Marvin the Macabre said...

Hands down best horror movie of the 1990s. You don't often hear people throw in Candyman's name when they rattle off a list of greatest slasher villains, and I wonder if it's because the movie is so great that they don't consider it a slasher.

It's also the reason Virginia Madsen can do no wrong in my eyes.

deadlydolls said...

Easily one of the high points of '90s horror cinema.

Jerry Smith said...

Really interesting video, I really like it..
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