Day 279 – Candyman

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Movie Title: Candyman

First Watch / Repeat Viewing

Running Time: 1 hr. 39 min.

Rated: R

Who did I watch with?: Flying Solo

Where did I watch it?: Home

Review:

Candyman stars Virginia Madsen on a quest to uncover the background behind the urban legend of the titular character. Helen Lyle is a graduate student in Illinois writing a thesis about the origins of the Candyman. She believes that his origin can be traced back to a murder that took place at a nearby housing projects. She gets the idea to explore the housing project after she discovers that her condominium complex is based off the same design template as the housing project where the murder took place. Helen and her research partner travel to the site to document what locals say about the Candyman and to take some pictures of the alleged crime scene.

Helen is planning to write a great story about her discoveries designed to upend her mentor professor who thinks she is barking up the wrong tree. He claims that the Candyman’s origins can be traced back to before the civil war. That story tells of a young man who had his hand chopped off and was then stung to death by bees. That is when the Candyman (Tony Todd) actually makes an appearance. He is upset that Helen might potentially trivialize his story and cause people to no longer believe in him. He brainwashes Helen into abducting a child and assaulting his mother. She is arrested, but with a lack of evidence they let her out on bail. She promptly is framed with another murder by the Candyman who only wishes to victimize Helen more.

Ultimately, Helen must fight the law and try and escape the torment of the Candyman while trying to save the child she is accused of murdering.

Verdict:

Candyman is over the top and ridiculous, but it is a fun movie to watch. See it.

Tomorrow’s Movie: Pet Sematary (1989)

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