WHERE THIS EVIL HAILS FROM: Clive Barker’s Candyman and 2 sequels
WHY THIS EVIL MADE ME FILLE THE FEAR: I never really watched horror films until I moved in with a horror movie fiend in university. Since then, I’ve had a steady education of the creepy and weird. Now it’s become a tradition for me to tag along to go to a yearly Rue Morgue screening of something I know absolutely nothing about. A couple of years ago, this screening was Candyman.
I consider myself pretty desensitized to film violence, but Tony Todd’s Candyman was able to send shivers down my spine. The film follows grad-student Helen Lyle (Virginia Madsen) as she tries to uncover the truth about legend of Candyman. After she tries to convince the neighbourhood that he’s just a superstition, the real Candyman appears to reclaim his name and carry on his tradition or murder and fear. The scene where Candyman murders the psychologist is shocking and grotesque, but what really stayed with me is creepy painting with the open mouth, the mind games and the bees. Todd’s calm demeanour and deep voice made every single word chilling. He definitely knows how to do scary.
HOW THIS EVIL STILL DOES: The audience at the screening I went to still enjoyed every moment of tge film and gave it a standing ovation. There have been two sequels (which I haven’t seen), and rumours of a third for years. There have even been talks of a remake. I say don’t touch it. Candyman is one of the few classics that hasn’t had a 2000s reboot.