By Brett Mullins
Directed by Bernard Rose
In the modern day, horror films from the ‘90s are often met with ridicule and dismissed hastily for their lack of depth and originality. This has allowed for many gems to be overlooked solely on this generalization. Amid this sea of films is Candyman, a delightfully creepy story that borrows from the ‘Bloody Mary’ mythology.
Two grad school students are investigating urban legends and come across the story of the Candyman. The investigation takes the pair to a slum in the city of Chicago where they discover whether the legend is fact, fiction or an untimely delusion.
Candyman is a surprisingly well made film through and through despite its slow pacing initially. The plot is rather creative and keeps the audience on the edge of their seat guessing which possibility is an actuality.
Director Bernard Rose commands this film wonderfully straying away from the dozens of horror cliques that survived through the ‘80s. There is no crazed white man slaughtering helpless teenagers; in comparison, the Candyman appears to be a more mature killer.
At first glance, Candyman may appear to be in league with less than stellar films, such as Leprechaun; however, this could not be farther from the case. This film is a good find from a decade that is certainly lacking.