I don’t want to pigeonhole Candyman as a A Nightmare on Elm Street copycat but there are some definite similarities that made me go ehhhh. Wes Craven most certainly does not own the supernatural killer copywrite but there’s an aspect to this movie that seems really similar. The candyman himself explains that he needs to murder to make the people of the Chicago projects remember him. Much like our toasty friend Freddy says about the kids on Elm street. It’s a shame this was even in the movie because the plot didn’t even need it.
Aside from that, this is a really fun movie that has its own unique atmosphere. It forgoes the typical slasher soundtrack and goes with this moody piano music instead which works really well. There’s only one major jump scare and it induced a serious heart palpitation. The acting from Virginia Madsen is solid and after seeing her great big dirty milkers I think I’d like to show her my little candyman if you know what I mean (my penis).
This really isn’t a slasher film as much as a film about revenge. The candyman’s existence itself is a product of revenge and by the end of the film we realize it’s really been about Helen’s revenge against her husband as well.
“The pain, I can assure you, will be exquisite.”
I should mention that although it’s not a slasher movie its selective gory moments are beautiful. The candyman is menacingly powerful with his strikes and all of the violence adds to the tension.