8. Tony Todd was stung 23 times, and got a bonus each time it happened. Anyway, I finally saw it and it was great horror. Corll earned his sweet nickname from the fact that his family owned a candy factory.
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Clive Barker ‘s horror story is transposed from its UK setting of Liverpool to Chicago , where the vengeful spirit of a murdered man is traced to the troubled housing projects of Cabrini Green, on Division Street in the southwest area of Old Town. Viewers may think of Candyman as one of the horror genre’s most terrifying villains, but Rose said that the idea always was that he was kind of a romantic figure. And again, romantic in sort of the Edgar Allan Poe sense—it’s the romance of death. He’s a ghost, and he’s also the resurrection of something that is kind of unspoken or unspeakable in American history, which is slavery, as well. So he’s kind of come back and he’s haunting what is the new version of the racial segregation in Chicago.
As the first African-American recipient of the award, Todd joins the ranks of fan favorites and legends, such as George Romero, Tom Savini, Wes Craven, and Robert Englund. A devotee of theatre and the spirit of living art, Todd’s versatile and multi-faceted work spans genres and platforms, boasting notable roles in television such as Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, 24, Star Trek , and The X-Files , to name a few. Theatrical pieces like August Wilson’s King Hedley II also stand out, as well as his work in Athol Fugard’s The Captain’s Tiger, for which he received the Helen Hayes nomination. Ultimately, his contributions to sci-fi and horror signify the bulk of his work, including roles in The Crow, the Final Destination series, Sushi Girl, as well as his breakout portrayal of Ben in Night of the Living Dead (1990).
Directed by Bernard Rose and based on a story by queer horror legend Clive Barker, 1992’s CANDYMAN stars Virginia Madsen as Helen Lyle, a white graduate student studying urban legends at the Cabrini-Green projects in Chicago. After hearing the tale of Candyman (Tony Todd) from resident Anne-Marie (Vanessa Williams), Helen and her friend Bernadette (Kasi Lemmons) soon find themselves face-to-face with a terrifying legend brought to life! One of the first mainstream films to confront the real-life horrors of racism and slavery in the horror genre (and to inspire such films as GET OUT by Jordan Peele, who is currently working on a remake), CANDYMAN hooks you with a lullaby-like score by Philip Glass and will keep you from ever looking into a mirror – or the mirror of American history – the same way again.
In a vile – but sadly not uncommon in America’s history – act of racism and hate, Caroline’s father gathered a lynch mob, and the group tracked Daniel down and killed him in an absolutely horrific way. Daniel’s right hand was sawed off, leading to the Candyman’s trademark hook taking its place. He was then covered in honey and attacked by a swarm of bees. Daniel died an agonizing, drawn-out death, leaving Caroline heartbroken. As they killed him, the mob chanted “Candyman” at Daniel, and the name was also his final word, said into a mirror held up by Caroline’s father.
When I was growing up — you know, this was before cable — they had the 8PM movie and they had the 11PM movie. Because there was less airtime, they only showed the good movies. They didn’t show crap, okay? So I grew up watching film noir, you know the classic stuff. William Holden, Richard Widmark, Robert Mitchum, all those.
Of course, following his death, Daniel became first an urban legend, then an actual supernatural boogeyman called Candyman, and the rest is horror history. The original Candyman film heavily implied that Helen Lyle (Virginia Madsen) was the reincarnation of Candyman’s lost love, although it was never explicitly confirmed, and Helen didn’t appear in any further sequels. In Farewell to the Flesh, the protagonist is Annie Tarrant (Kelly Rowan), revealed to be a direct descendant of Daniel and Caroline. That film also features Daniel’s death depicted visually, and it’s just as hard to watch as it is to read about. While Candyman, by virtue of being a killer, is still definitely a villain, it’s not hard to understand why his spirit is so full of rage.
What if urban legends became real if enough people believed in them? What if the sheer psychic weight of faith from thousands of people were enough to create a supernatural reality? If everyone believed there were alligators in the sewers, would there be? Are gods the result of man’s faith in them? Would the Candyman therefore take a dim view of a researcher’s attempts to debunk him? Madsen and Lemmons, courageous and plucky, make sympathetic heroines as they walk up and down the dangerous stairwells of Cabrini-Green, crawling through empty apartments looking for a monster. Rose has been clever in his use of locations. Just as urban legends are based on the real fears of those who believe in them, so are certain urban locations able to embody fear. Empty apartments in the upper floors of public housing projects are, it is widely believed, occupied by gangs. We perceive a real threat to the women, at the same time they’re searching for what they think is an imaginary one.
Helen Lyle (Virginia Madsen) is a Chicago graduate student with a deep fascination with urban legends, which she and her friend Bernadette (Kasi Lemmons) are using as the basis for a thesis project. After they stumble across the local legend of Candyman, a well-to-do black artist who fell in love with a white woman in the late 1800s and was murdered for it, Helen wants to learn more. When she’s told that Candyman still haunts Chicago’s Cabrini-Green housing project, and that his spirit can be summoned by repeating his name into a mirror five times, Helen does just that … and all hell breaks loose.
In 2015 , Rose explained why he was so intrigued by this aspect of Chicago: The fear of the urban housing project, it seemed to me, was actually totally irrational because you couldn’t really be in that much danger. Yes, there was crime there, but people were actually afraid of driving past it.” For Rose, what makes dilapidated buildings like Cabrini-Green so scary to people on the outside is, again, a sort of superstition—prejudice: It’s sort of a kind of fear that’s at the heart of modern cities, and obviously, it’s racially motivated, but more than that—it’s poverty motivated.” Similarly to Get Out, the rampant anxiety that seizes most people approaching the estate in Candyman is their preconception regarding the lives of a group on the other end of the social spectrum—but this time, the protagonist comes from a position of greater power and privilege.
I told Propaganda that Candyman had to be someone African American. But fundamentally, the story is to do with belief and myth more than race. We asked the NAACP to vet the script and they had some concerns about the film repeating the trope of the black man as someone to be feared. I argued that a very strange thing happens in horror movies: people actually sort of identify with the boogeyman – it’s him they dress up as, not the victim. And Candyman is almost an avenging angel. Tony Todd had such a wonderful handle on him as a tragic hero, a character with more in common with Dracula than Freddy Krueger.
After reading the news, I decided to watch the first film again to get a feel for how her character could come back. They certainly do have her return in the final scene as yet another urban legend – perhaps one that goes after cheating spouses. But I highly doubt that the final scare in Rose’s feature will be the direction the new film goes. So how do you bring Helen back? Is she just like Candyman himself and will they stick with the original ending? Will they present her only in flashbacks in some form? Or will the give us an alternate fate for the bright but troubled grad student? After all, that last choice worked well enough to make the recent HALLOWEEN a hit. And the last question I have… what time period will this take place? Clearly this cannot be a modern film if she is returning at Kramer’s young age. A current story would have made a ton of awesome sense if they brought back the incredible Madsen to reprise the role.
Though the Chicago-based legend of Candyman is a work of fiction, there was an actual serial killer known as Candyman” or The Candy Man.” Between 1970 and 1973, Dean Corll kidnapped, tortured, and murdered at least 28 young boys in the Houston area. Corll earned his sweet nickname from the fact that his family owned a candy factory.
Here’s referring to Jordan Peele , the mastermind behind a new era of horror films like Get Out and Us. Peele co-wrote the script for Candyman, which comes out next June. It’s not a remake of the original 1992 horror classic, but it’s described as a spiritual sequel with new characters.
The first such myth that Helen (and we with her) hears in Candyman is the story of a young babysitter Claire who, on the point of giving her virginity away (and not to her boyfriend Michael, but to ‘bad boy’ Billy), says the forbidden name ‘Candyman’ five times in the mirror, and is slaughtered, along with the baby, by the summoned figure, with the hook that he has in place of his severed hand.
I have mixed feelings because I thought they were gonna make this 15 years ago If this had been 10 years ago when I had heard news, I would have been devastated. I would have fought for it. Now I’m in a different place. I’ve got so many other options that even if they make it without me, which I doubt, the attention the new movie will create will lead folks back to the original film because people like to see the source material.
Helen learns from Professor Philip Purcell that Candyman was the son of a slave who became prosperous after developing a system for mass-producing shoes during the Civil War. He grew up in a polite society and became a well-known artist, sought after for his talent in producing portraits. After falling in love with and fathering a child with a white woman in 1890, Candyman was set upon by a lynch mob hired by his lover’s father; they cut off his painting hand and replaced it with a hook. He was smeared with honey stolen from an apiary, prompting the locals to chant “Candyman” as hungry bees stung him to death. His corpse was burned in a pyre and his ashes were scattered across the area where Cabrini-Green now stands.
Jordan Peele is producing a new Candyman movie and has cast Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as the new Candyman. Monkeypaw Creative Director Ian Cooper was on a Produced By Conference panel The New Age of Producing Horror. Deadline asked Cooper how Candyman would fit in with what Monkeypaw has done with Get Out and Us. His answer, surprisingly, was that Peele wants to address how toxic fandom has become.
No, that is not CGI! The bees that play a key role in Candyman are indeed real. So that they looked appropriately terrifying, but were less dangerous to the cast and crew, the filmmakers used newborn bees —they were just 12 hours old—so that they looked fully grown, but had less powerful stingers.
He also targeted people who said his name five times in a mirror, which became an urban legend in the city. When he appears, he always wear gentlemanly clothing. He has a hook in lieu of his missing right hand and uses it to gut people who foolishly summon him. Underneath his jacket is an emaciated chest with holes in it, where bees still make their home.
During the first film a run-down apartment flat houses a sort of altar in Candyman’s name; a pile of chocolate sweets with razor blades inside their packages is placed in front of a large graffiti depicting Candyman’s screaming head. Also, during the events of the first film, the Cabrini Green’s African-American community created a make-shift pyre which they set ablaze, an obvious ritual used to appease the spirit.
Movies in general have also been the source for urban legends of their own, including the ghost appearing in Three Men and a Baby, the death by skin suffocation in Goldfinger, pretty much everything in The Shining from the moon landing to the Holocaust, and the hanging Munchkin in The Wizard of Oz (debunked in another article I wrote a while back here).
Upon its release, Candyman was criticized as being irresponsible and racist. Certainly its casting of the quintessential bogeyman as vengeful, black and obsessed with a white woman gives credence to this criticism. And yet, the overarching narrative isn’t quite so simple. The intersection of race and historical memory in this film is particularly challenging because it uses the prejudicial views of the audience to its advantage before upending those assumptions. Using Cabrini-Green as a central location in the film personalizes the film with the audience by using their knowledge of the place (via newspapers and the television) against them. In the 1990s, news footage that cast inhabitants of this housing project as societal others” was rampant. As such, Helen’s initial disgust with ghetto life becomes the audience’s disgust. That Helen is White and the inhabitants of Cabrini-Green are African-American is not something that can be dismissed.
The bees used in the film were actually specifically bred to appear on the big screen. According to iHorror , the Candyman team used newborn bees that were about 12 hours old — making them appear like adult bees but with less harmful stings.
In the second Candyman movie Farewell to the Flesh, the painter is given the name of Daniel Robatille. Likewise, the movie retconned his origin by placing the painter’s birth and death in New Orleans. He was born on the Esplanade Plantation (the future home of the Tarrant family) within New Orleans. Also of note, the young white woman with whom Daniel had an affair with was identified as Caroline Sullivan.
I negotiated a bonus of $1,000 for every sting during the bee scene. And I got stung 23 times. Everything that’s worth making has to involve some sort of pain. Once I realised it was an important part of who Candyman was, I embraced it. It was like putting on a beautiful coat.
Peele (Get Out, Us) co-wrote the script, which is described as a spiritual sequel” to the original classic. The sequel returns to the neighborhood where the legend began: the now-gentrified section of Chicago where the Cabrini-Green housing projects once stood.
Jordan confirmed the Candyman sequel back in November 2018 and said at the time: ‘The original was a landmark film for black representation in the horror genre. Bernard Rose`s ”Candyman” suggests that a new sub-genre may be taking shape: the inner-city horror movie.
An urban horror allegory about the white guilt people feel standing on the outside looking in, encountering worse horrors after invading places where they just don’t belong. With the Candyman defeated, Helen was absolved of her crimes, but the Candyman gained some victory as people now believe in him again — and Helen has become an urban legend in her own right, as Trevor finds out later.
The character returned from his apparent demise across two more movies where he targeted people who he was distantly related to. He’ll also appear in the upcoming remake of the film coming in 2020 by producer Jordan Peele. The creation of the story we call ” The Candyman”. I think this short story was much more scary than watching the movie. Found the free PDF online and could not stop reading it.
Candyman…Candyman…” Say his name five times in front of a mirror and the hook-handed serial killer spirit—the murdered son of slaves—appears. Or so the legend goes… Set in Chicago’s now-demolished Cabrini-Green housing projects, this Clive Barker adaptation features Tony Todd as a memorable—and terrifying—antihero in a film rich in compelling racial and social commentary. Bonus: an ultra-unsettling Philip Glass score.
Todd definitely didn’t sustain 23 bee stings in a single sitting, as that many pricks of the skin by the flying insects’ pointy ends would cause more than just a little discomfort. It wouldn’t kill Todd, though, as the widely accepted number of bee stings sufficient to be lethal is about 10 stings per pound of body weight Assuming that Todd, who stands at 6 feet and 5 inches tall , was between 187 and 229 pounds ( the estimated range for “ideal” body weight based on height), it would take between 1,870 and 2,229 stings sustained in a short period of time to take the actor out. Twenty-three consecutive stings would likely make Todd feel lightheaded and could even cause him to faint, but we doubt that the Candyman production team would endanger Todd like that.
Bernard and I hung out in Chicago for a few days while he did location work. I wasn’t worried about him being a white English guy, we were like lost siblings who had found each other. I trusted his intellectualism and my own instincts. I knew I wasn’t going to create a caricature and that I wanted to root the character deep in the history of slavery in America.