Candyman movie review - Aussieboyreviews


It will most likely frighten most young kids with its scares and violence, but Candyman gets quite bloody and is meant for older teens. Expect a slow-burning story in this urban-legend slasher film.


Intrigued by the legends of the hook-handed Candyman, Helen Lyle investigates the myths and superstitions surrounding the mysterious monster. However, she confronts her worst nightmare when a series of supernatural murders start taking place.

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Movie details

Director: Bernard Rose
Cast: Virginia Madsen, Tony Todd, Xander Berkeley, Kasi Lemmons, Vanessa E. Williams
Writer: Bernard Rose
Release Date (Australia): 11 February 1993
Runtime: 99 minutes/1h 39m
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (MA15+)

The film contains horror themes in which a supernatural man murders multiple people, as well as thematic content relating to poverty and racism. A distressed young boy is briefly depicted with a pool of blood around his crotch, after a man implicitly castrated him.

Violence (MA15+)

There is strong horror violence in which multiple people are attacked and killed by a supernatural man with a hook. These scenes feature large amounts of blood detail and occasional spurts of blood.

Coarse Language (PG)

The film features use of the word “bitch”.

Drug Use (G)

There are verbal references to drugs throughout the film.

Nudity (M)

The film contains multiple brief depictions of a woman’s breasts.

mpaa rating

R (for violence and gore)

Aussie boy's thoughts

If it weren’t for Candyman’s increasingly suspenseful rapidity, this slow-burning but intelligent, bloody and twisted urban-legend horror film is just typical and wearisome. And thanks to Tony Todd’s spine-chilling role as the classic horror character, you’ll remember the excitement you received as the story continued it’s gripping motion.

Candyman is definitely a freaky slasher you’d mention to new teen fans of horror films. It’s not so much scary, but it contains its quite frightening moments and never shies away from bloody killings. This movie is also a fun urban-legend horror film with a well-crafted myth that’s both average and ingenious at the same time.

Unfortunately, the film is quite overrated and isn’t worth all the hype due to the lack of speeding momentum. Candyman begins thoroughly clearly with a clever idea before sprinting down to the slow and extended energy that we weren’t expecting. It’s around the last 35 minutes in which the story begins to increase its eagerness with twists and unsettling imagery. It’s a remarkable horror classic but is no where near worth all the fuss.

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