Candyman (1992)

Mike Matei / October 9th, 2015


  • elvirus

    October 9, 2015 at 3:11 am

    short one but good one

    • elvirus

      October 9, 2015 at 3:16 pm

      As a kid, I had nightmares because of this movie.

      • Strider Tien

        October 21, 2015 at 11:42 pm

        Me to. I was scared nearly to death that this was the new standard of horror. <_<

  • October 9, 2015 at 3:28 am

    they used to show candyman 3 day of the dead all the time on tv

  • zbeeblebrox

    October 9, 2015 at 3:41 am

    The music for this movie was so memorable because it was composed by Philip Glass. He also composed music for Candyman 2 – probably one of the few good things about the sequel.

    • joliet_jane

      October 11, 2015 at 9:23 pm

      Yeah! James? No mention of Philip Glass? He’s a Capital A artist! Does like operas and art films n’ shit!

    • meinerHeld

      October 28, 2015 at 6:42 pm

      He also did a new score for the Lugosi Dracula film! It’s been awhile since he did it.

  • Uncle Sporkums

    October 9, 2015 at 3:44 am

    I also remember urban of the “Candyman” mirror incident when I was going to elementary school. That and “Bloody Mary”.

    • Cilliandrew

      October 9, 2015 at 8:23 am

      I never felt like Candyman was ‘a thing’ until after this movie came into existence. BLOODY MARY was always the version of this’ urban legend’ that i always heard about as a child.

      • Uncle Sporkums

        October 9, 2015 at 9:20 am

        Yes, that’s most likely, but as a kid, I never realized that, I’d thought the movie was based on a legened.

    • Dericof

      October 9, 2015 at 10:24 am

      I wonder if someone tried to summon both to see what would happen? Is a miracle that no B-Film studio tried to make this crossover battle between 2 mirror ghosts; I mean there’s Boa vs Python, Dracula vs Frankenstein, Godzilla vs King Kong, but no Candyman vs Bloody Mary?

  • October 9, 2015 at 3:45 am

    Can’t grasp the theme of this year MM.

    • October 9, 2015 at 3:49 am

      BTW, in Russia we have a similiar legend, but it’s about queen of spades: you should draw a stair for her on the mirror (in the dark room) and call for her three times. She will come and strangle you. Though it’d be much cooler if she hacked you with spade.

      • Belial

        October 9, 2015 at 4:15 pm

        I think it’s a pretty widespread legend. As the person above mentioned in the USA we had the legends of Bloody Mary(which is just a cocktail really). Locally to me, we had one called Black Aggie which is based on a real sculpture in a cemetery that because famous because it was so large and ornate, and the old legends just got tied into it over the span of a decade or so. It doesn’t take long.

      • Doug Fisher

        October 9, 2015 at 8:35 pm

        Your Urban legend is off a deck of cards, aha.

      • October 11, 2015 at 4:10 am

        Interesting, I ‘m from Ukraine and I’ve never heard of this variant.

    • October 9, 2015 at 7:11 am

      I don’t think there’s really a theme beyond “Here are movies I want to talk about.”

      • October 9, 2015 at 9:03 am

        Yeah, that’s what I’m pointing out – the focus is all over the place. It doesn’t seem to be whole – just shards of what I’ve found under the carpet.

      • MrBrrumpkins

        October 9, 2015 at 10:08 am

        Go read the description of the Monster Madness 9 – Coming Soon video.

    • Joker83

      October 12, 2015 at 2:45 pm

      The theme is scary movies

    • October 13, 2015 at 5:30 am

      It’s random films James feels like talking about/reviewing, like Monster Madness 3 and 8 (2009 and 2014).

    • October 13, 2015 at 5:31 am

      It’s random films James feel like talking about/reviewing, like Monster Madness 3 and 8 (2009 and 2014).

    • Alex Dalund

      October 22, 2015 at 3:52 pm

      There is no theme.

  • Vic Scotch

    October 9, 2015 at 3:46 am

    Hell yeah! Been waiting for Candyman on Monster Madness since 2011. I wonder when James will include Phantasm franchise…

    • Uncle Sporkums

      October 9, 2015 at 3:55 am

      Yeah, I’ve been waiting for him to do those myself. I thought he’d had, actually. Who knows? Maybe this year.

  • October 9, 2015 at 4:20 am

    Really good commentary on the state of horror in the 90’s. Bernard Rose is one of my favorite directors and he actually has a Frankenstein movie coming out soon. You should also check out Snuff Movie where it starts out as his ode to Hammer Horror movies then turns into a redux of the Tate-Labianca murders and then just gets weird.

  • jasonjrf

    October 9, 2015 at 6:08 am

    Great Movie. I feel like only Clive Barker Movies have that empty feeling of emotional dread that Candyman gives you. It’s a unique watching experience for sure.

  • October 9, 2015 at 6:19 am

    Do the Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh and Candyman 3: Day of the Dead.

    • October 9, 2015 at 7:37 am

      Cinemassacre seems to try to stick to ‘good movies’ as much as possible on this show, neither of those count.

  • Xen11

    October 9, 2015 at 6:20 am

    Wonderful review, James. I need to revisit this. This is true cinema / horror / drama. Very relevant to and revealing of the horrors of our society.

    As a kid, I’ll never forget the experience of watching this film. This is one of the scariest films I saw as a child, perhaps the scariest that I actually watched all the way through. (Most horror films/characters that I was afraid of as a kid was because I had heard about or glimpsed them but never actually watched their full films from start to finish).

    I was about 7 years old. My aunt, who was turning 12, was having an all-girl sleepover birthday party. If I wanted to join in and watch some horror movies and play some board games with some attractive young ladies (that were older than me), then I had to dress up as a girl. I did and was granted the approval of the girls and access to the party.

    They watched some ghost movie, which I was too busy cutting up at the time to watch. Then they and I watched Candyman. SCARY MOTHERFUCKING SHIT!!!! That voice!!! That whole mirror thing!!!!! When the movie and party was over, they were all asleep and I was in the living room in the dark, curled up in a fetal position because I had to piss so freakin’ bad and I was so damn scared to go to the bathroom where there was a mirror. Finally the morning sun vanquished the fear and I was able to take that piss.

    For many weeks, I was afraid to go to the bathroom at night.

    It’s so funny that I am such a fan of Tony Todd’s that I would now find it impossible to be scared again by that character. I see him now as a sympathetic relic, a victim, of the evils of our society.

    • Xen11

      October 9, 2015 at 6:23 am

      I also remember my aunt and I renting and watching the sequel, Farewell To The Flesh, on Mardi Gras. We had no idea that the film took place on Mardi Gras in New Orleans. We lived in Louisiana where Mardi Gras is celebrated. We had just finished doing Mardi Gras stuff for the night and watched this. It was a cool coincidence that added to the atmosphere greatly.

  • hi-from-mike

    October 9, 2015 at 7:18 am

    Yeah, I remember watching both the video trailer and the movie when I was a kid. Indeed, I was afraid of saying that word 3 times; especially in front of a mirror.

  • October 9, 2015 at 7:32 am

    Hmm, One of my favourite horror films appears on Monster Madness.
    It has been a good year.

  • October 9, 2015 at 7:34 am

    Ooh yes! More Clive Barker! Personally I love how the man takes the more classic and gothic elements of horror and modernises them without making them ‘totally rad’.
    Hands up everyone who wants to see Cinemassacre do ‘Nightbreed’!

  • October 9, 2015 at 7:39 am

    I remember my mom renting this out back in the day. Her and my uncle watched it and always talked about how good and eerie it was, but wouldn’t let me watch it at the time. Because of this i really wanted to see it when i was ‘old enough’, but ended forgetting about it after.
    Thanks to you, i now remember and can FINALLY check it out after all these years. Seems promising.

  • CrushingC10996WM

    October 9, 2015 at 7:57 am

    Thanks for the birthday gift James

  • Cilliandrew

    October 9, 2015 at 8:21 am

    I always thought the chick that Trevor was having his fling with and wound up with in the end was ridiculously hot.

  • Jerry Harbin

    October 9, 2015 at 9:04 am

    Candyman was one my favorites from the ’90s. Great review!


  • The Wicker Man

    October 9, 2015 at 9:09 am

    You mentioned everything I was going to say: the setting, Tony Todd being perfect for the character and the music, oh God, the music really helps the atmosphere of this movie.

  • jake westbrook

    October 9, 2015 at 9:15 am

    James has been doing a lot of stuff I’ve already heard of, but I don’t know much about this year. Funny story about how I heard of this- so I saw this youtube video where this guy and a friend were talking about this move, and decided to try to summon candy man in their car as a joke. when they were done some thing was tapping on their car and freaks them out. sure enough it was just a store owner who wanted to make sure they were ok.

  • coldconfession13

    October 9, 2015 at 10:20 am

    I remember this movie. You should review Sleepstalker 1995

  • Santiago Gonzalez jr

    October 9, 2015 at 10:20 am

    V.H.S. James!!!! That movie is fucking awesome!! The other 2 are ok. But james should definitely review V.H.S.

  • October 9, 2015 at 10:47 am

    Fun Fact: Clive Barker got the idea for Candyman from the childhood stories his grandmother told him. One particular tale concerned a black man who hid in bathroom stalls, cutting the penises off bad little boys. Thus was the Candyman.

  • JayRam

    October 9, 2015 at 11:04 am

    Huh. So that’s what Candyman is about. Over the years, I’ve only known of it by name, and thought the villain would be cheesy, like Leprechaun. I might have to watch it.

  • October 9, 2015 at 11:21 am

    Tony Todd is actually one of my top favorite actors. He’s really great, I just love his vibs.
    Also, lol, hey look, Sam Raimy’s brother.

  • Smashole

    October 9, 2015 at 11:43 am

    Another invisible “ghost” video. THANKS, JAMES!
    And this time, NOT ON YOUTUBE!

  • October 9, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    I loved that guy in Star Trek TNG as Worf’s brother. Perfect guy to play a Klingon.

  • GoldenTurtle

    October 9, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    This movie is not only a classic. It is one the most beautiful looking movies of it’s time.

  • low_tone1

    October 9, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    The kid in the leather jacket at the beginning of the movie is Ted Raimi, Sam Raimi’s younger brother.

  • greedo

    October 9, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    I must admit, this movie was a bit of a letdown for me. I thought that this would be a “good” movie, but the hype didn’t fulfill my expectations. The ending wasn’t all that great, either. Having said that, there’s enough in here to keep you hooked, all the way to the end. It’s worth at least one viewing.

  • October 9, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    I missed out on a chance to see this movie with my friends when I was a kid, and with how they’re were talking endlessly about it at school the next day, I deeply regretted missing out. I figure one of these days i’ll have the chance to make up for that mistake when I stumble upon it on tv or netflix someday.

  • Token

    October 9, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    I thought that when blip went bust I might finally be able to enjoy cinemassacre videos on this site. But no. Its still laggy, resetting, resets to the start for no reason, generally broken and unwatchable. Disappointing.

  • October 9, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    Yes! This is a great movie that tends to get overlooked a lot these days.

  • SG43

    October 9, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    I remember seeing this one in the theater back in ’92 and just being bored to tears by it. Years later, tried to get into it again and it still doesn’t do much for me. Like the concept and I ike Tony Todd as the Candyman, but the rest of the execution just falls flat for me.

  • October 9, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    Wtf it’s James Gilrfriend voice at the Introduction .

  • Pablo1989

    October 9, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    😀 More scary than Kandyman from Doctor Who.

  • October 9, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    Fucking classic! There’s nothing like it. One of the few horror movies that are perfect beginning to end

  • Xeo

    October 9, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    One of my personal favorites. The story from Barker is damned good too, though a good deal different. If anyone is interested it’s called “The Forbidden”.

  • October 9, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    you should review phantom of the paradise its really something you would like

  • Roth Sothy

    October 9, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    Coincidentally, I watched an old episode of The X-Files recently, and in episode “Firewalker”, stars that same Candyman actor. He also later stars in the Final Destination movies.

  • fiend4racks

    October 9, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    as a child this movie scared the living fuck outta me

  • D3MoNR3N0

    October 9, 2015 at 11:09 pm

    sweets for the sweet!

  • Brandon Rodriguez

    October 9, 2015 at 11:56 pm

    Hope The Strangers is on the list this year.

  • Mac Tonight

    October 10, 2015 at 12:23 am

    Had a buddy who loved this movie. He would sit in the dark and watch it on a weekly basis. One time I went over to his house and he was sitting in his room watching it in the dark and kept watching it like I wasn’t even there, yep he was one weird dude.

  • John Parson

    October 10, 2015 at 1:27 am

    Right on, James! You totally get what i’ve been saying about this film for years!

  • October 10, 2015 at 1:36 am

    Phantasm 1 and especially 2!? Please!?

  • October 10, 2015 at 5:06 am

    “Candyman” is a great movie – genuinely scary and genuinely sad at the same time. Bernard Rose did a great job and it is great that he was able to convince Philip Glass to do the haunting soundtrack for the movie, because score by Glass really makes movie much deeper.

  • DrZaius

    October 10, 2015 at 6:18 am

    I wonder if I’m the only one who thought this movie completely blew. I saw it as a kid and I remember the movie having some intense scenes but never felt afraid or disturbed by the film. Mostly, I was underwhelmed, both by the movie and the silly name of the villain.

  • October 10, 2015 at 9:08 am

    Does anyone have any advice on how I can get the video player to work? I’ve tried a bunch of different videos, but the player never actually plays the videos; it just has the loading icon on loop.

    • October 10, 2015 at 10:46 am

      Does it happen with the other videos on this site? Are you in the States? Have you tried right-clicking the icon? What does it say if you right-click it?

      • October 11, 2015 at 6:18 pm

        Sorry for my late reply. Yes, it happens ot every video i click on. Yes, i’m in the U.S. When I right click on the loading icon it says,” About JW Player…”

  • October 10, 2015 at 10:45 am

    One of my favorite horrors.

    Wonderful music, actors, story, and setting. Just pitch perfect.

  • October 10, 2015 at 10:48 am

    James: Can you do Lord Of Illusions next year? Another great horror.

  • Tony Lothes

    October 10, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    Movie scared me as a kid. Great review.

  • October 10, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    Thanks for recommending this one, James. It freaked me the fuck out.

  • Nicole Meyer

    October 10, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    not the bees

  • Jacob

    October 11, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    Will have to watch this one!

  • October 11, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    Tony Tod is the quintessential anti hero.

  • DMM_poo

    October 11, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    I remember renting this and watching it with my best friend when we were 13, but I only had vague recollections of the movie. Because of this review,I bought the DVD and watched it tonight. It was awesome!

  • Firx

    October 12, 2015 at 6:53 am

    This is why Clive Barker needs to direct more movies.

  • October 12, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    Candyman was so good! I seen it when I was like 4 years old.

  • Sweetdeath

    October 13, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    I remember this movie as a kid and not getting it. I’m sure I will enjoy it much more as an adult.

  • lotusclown

    October 16, 2015 at 10:21 am

    another great masterpiece of a movie that was completely killed by dumbass sequels..
    tho the original will always be one of the best films ever made imo.

  • TagaZok

    October 18, 2015 at 10:30 pm

    I liked this movie it make me stand at the edge of my couch when I was a teen even today .. A good 90’S horror movie.. Good review!

  • VV

    October 19, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    Wow. That episode got a REAL Halloween-Feeling. Love it. Thx, James. 🙂

  • Ty Palmer

    October 19, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    Very nice, indeed.

  • Ben_from_G-town

    October 31, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    I finally got around to watching this a year or so ago. It’s really freaky and disturbing, and yeah, the direction the plot goes is very unexpected.

  • gone with the vint

    November 10, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    I always felt the score composed by Philip Glass is a tad misplaced, although it is very remarkable. For it’s modern setting, which perfectly pictures the urban decay and the desolation of today, the quasi-baroque-score – with it’s melody, it’s pipes and organs – feels like out of place and time. But never the less, a good movie and a great review!

  • June 30, 2016 at 8:33 am

    Comparing to the Mummy is interesting since logical that should role also be an actor of African ancestry. Perhaps this same actor would be a good choice for Imhotep.

  • grant2012

    October 20, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    I genuinely believe this is the scariest horror movie I’ve ever seen. Not even The Exorcist haunted me as much as this film did.

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