Worth watching five times!
Candyman, like Nightmare on Elm Street and Hellraiser, is a borderline slasher begging for a franchise as prolific as its cousins. The intricate ghost featured is straight from the mind of Clive Barker, so we’re in good hands. He is patient, collected, dominant, but he’s out to get you despite his passive behavior. He has a hook for a hand and his M.O. is the same as Bloody Mary’s, curiously.
There is no humor in this but there is gore. It is sad as much as it scary. The character arcs are tragic and the ambiance deliberately depressing; supported by a divine score that sends chills down your spine. Most other slashers had a simpler sonata, so Candyman is by default designated as the elegant type of villain, like Pinhead. The movie is minimalist but dense with authentic scares.
The actors are convincing. The neighborhood most of the action takes place in is genuinely creepy. A whole other film could spawn off the layering of its inhabitants and the way they treat the legend. This script is obviously well-polished and created in a way to kindle rare emotions in its viewer. This is the kind of horror that comes to you with no solution, no hope, and no end in sight...