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Candyman (1992)

Candyman is a 1992 horror film distributed by TriStar Pictures. It stars Virginia Madsen as Helen Lyle, Tony Todd as Candyman, Xander Berkeley as Trevor Lyle, and Kasi Lemmons as Bernadette. The producers are Clive Barker and Steve Golin. Candyman is directed by Bernard Rose.

The story takes place in Chicago. Graduate student Helen Lyle is doing research for her thesis on urban legends. During her research, she uncovers a local legend known only as Candyman. In order to summon him, someone must say his name five times while looking in a mirror. Helen gives this a try but it seems nothing has happened. But, after investigating an unsolved murder at a local housing project and being attacked by a gang leader calling himself the Candyman, Helen encounters a mysterious man with a hook for a hand who claims to be the real Candyman. He tells her that because of her disbelief in him, he must prove to her that he is real.

Before seeing a film involving Clive Barker, viewers can be rest assured there will be lots of blood. After watching Candyman, I can safely say that it is one of the bloodiest films I have ever seen. In a typical slasher flick, one would typically expect the antagonist to have a knife or some other cutting object as its preferred weapon. But here it is a hook. A hook can be much more painful and cause potentially greater bloodshed. This concept puts a degree of originality to an otherwise routine slasher movie.

Another concept of Candyman I found fascinating was the fact that the legend of the Candyman is based so strongly on another real life legend: Bloody Mary. In order to summon her, one must say her name three times while looking in a mirror in the dark. As stated earlier, the Candyman can be called by saying his name five times while looking at one's own reflection. In a way, this makes the Candyman seem more real and, therefore, much more frightening.

To wrap, if you are looking for a bloody movie loosely based on a popular legend, then Candyman is the film for you!

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