It’s not so uncommon to see a black guy in a horror movie. And even though he was the first to get killed in the old days, he at least got his screen time. Bad excuse I know, but it was what it was, and it is what it is.
But how about when a black man plays the monster? What’s the first thing you think of? BLACKULA! There have been a couple others since the soul brother with fangs came on the scene, but I don’t think any one of them have been as popular in recent times as this Scream-A-Day choice – CANDYMAN.
Basically, they took the “Bloody Mary in the Mirror” legend, got rid of the white chick in the bloody dress, put in a black dude that was wrongly killed, and up the number of times you had to say the name in the mirror. I haven’t seen this 90s horror in a while, but I do remember that he would show up all quiet and stuff, when you least expect (even though you did the mirror thing) and gut you with this iron hook he had sticking out of his stump of a missing hand. Tony Todd was the 6’5″ urban legend ghost and Virginia Madsen played the investigative student, Helen Lyle, who brought Candyman into reality. Clive Barker, the other famous Horror writer, penned the novel that the film is based on.
It wasn’t the best film. Especially the obscure ‘bee’ references, I don’t remember what was going on with that. But like I said, it’s not everyday that you see a black man as the monster. Nor do I remember one since. Oh, wait, BONES… moving on!
Did you like CANDYMAN or did you think it was a poor attempt at a horror film?
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