Combustible Celluloid
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With: Virginia Madsen, Tony Todd, Xander Berkeley, Kasi Lemmons, Vanessa Williams, DeJuan Guy, Marianna Elliott, Ted Raimi
Written by: Bernard Rose, based on a story by Clive Barker
Directed by: Bernard Rose
MPAA Rating: R for violence and gore
Running Time: 99
Date: 09/11/1992

Candyman (1992)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Bitter Sweet

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

English filmmaker Bernard Rose would go on to make movies about Beethoven and movies based on works by Tolstoy, but for a fleeting moment, he was a horror guy. His Candyman (1992) was based on a story by Clive Barker and featured several high-class touches, such as a creepy score by Philip Glass, and striking art direction, clashing the academic world with graffiti-ridden inner city projects. Two college students (Virginia Madsen and future film director Kasi Lemmons) research a paper on urban legends. One such legend, the Candyman, appears if you say his name five times in a mirror, which, of course, happens. Tony Todd plays the weirdly elegant, but quite deadly, monster.

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