Part of Midnight Movies: Horror Noire.
Taking inspiration from author Robin R. Means Coleman’s Horror Noire book and its accompanying Jordan Peele-produced documentary, we proudly present two of our favorite African-American horror classics. See also: BLACULA (Fri, Mar 8 at Midnight)
While researching urban myths, grad student Helen Lyle (Virginia Madsen) learns about the Candyman (Tony Todd), a hook-handed creature who's said to haunt a Chicago housing project. After a mysterious man matching the Candyman's description begins stalking her, Helen comes to fear that the legend may be all too real.
Tony Todd’s astounding turn as the hook-handed boogeyman paired with Bernard Rose’s sweeping, impassioned directing, and further bolstered by Glass’s epic score, helped ensure this incredible horror/romance hybrid from the twisted mind of Clive Barker would forever be ingrained in the cultural consciousness.
While acknowledging the racist undertones of the “black man coveting white women” trope which Coleman claims harkens all the way back to D.W. Griffith’s BIRTH OF A NATION, CANDYMAN is significant in the genre for providing a horror icon of color in a time when lily-white madmen Freddy, Jason, and Chucky ruled supreme.