I said his name 5 times looking into the bathroom mirror before I sat down to write this, so maybe I make it through to finish it….maybe I don’t. Anywho…..Candyman! And yes he can be pretty spooky in this sequel (yeah, it’s a sequel), which I know was a concern going in. Could it live up to the original Candyman from 1992?? But how will this movie be any good without Tony Todd?? What about the bees?? THE BEES!! I’m here to happily report that director Nia DaCosta has created a gothic and striking film, that not only pays homage to the original movie…..but elevates it to a new level that could (and probably should) garner sequels in this new Candyman universe.Continue reading
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The Buzz Is Back: Thoughts On The New ‘Candyman’ Trailer
While everyone has a circle jerk for the new Halloween Kills trailer, I have been grabbing tissues for the new Candyman trailer that came out a few weeks ago. Oh you didn’t see it yet? Well take a look!
While I know the original 1992 Candyman, as well as Tony Todd’s performance, gets a lot of love….I still feel like that movie doesn’t get the credit it really deserves. And might as well also mention that I dug the sequel. Not that abomination of a third movie though. But anyway, back to the new Candyman! Directed by Nia DaCosta, with a screenplay by Jordan Peele among others – this new vision of our favorite bee-utiful hooked madman looks like it checks all of the boxes based off of the new trailer.
We’ve got some strong actors in this one (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Colman Jason Domingo), as well as some nice little cameos from the original movie. But the thing that really grabbed me with the new trailer (besides the fact that it didn’t give away too much like other recent…ahem….trailers) was that style and the visuals it gave off. This is one of those movies where I will probably go in with my expectations wayyyyyy too high. But I’ll leave them high for now (and leave them verrrrrry low for Halloween Kills) in hopes for the start of a new chapter in the Candyman franchise! Now let’s take a look at one more clip from the movie where Candyman gets his revenge on two morons that deserve it!
Ah ha! Just kidding. That was clearly from the movie Tommy Boy. Beeeeeees!!!!!!
Anticipation Alert: Candy Corn (2019)
Finally! Yes, finally we are going to get the Candy Corn movie after a few years of teases and funding drama. Writer/Director Josh Hasty teamed up with my favorite Local Boogeyman and is now releasing the movie this year! And…..perfectly in time for Halloween! Want a teaser poster? Here ya go:
Well that’s all kinds of Halloween-themed awesomeness. Hopefully Candy Corn can take the bad taste out of my mouth from last year’s Halloween remake. So, not only does the move take place around Halloween – it boasts some heavy hitting horror vets as well in the cast: P.J. Soles (Halloween), Courtney Gains (Children Of The Corn), Tony Todd (Candyman), and Pancho Moler (Rob Zombie’s 31). Brief synopsis below before I get into the really exciting stuff:
It’s the eve of Halloween in Grove Hill, Ohio. A traveling carnival is in town for the weekend and local outcast, Jacob Atkins, has been hired as one of the freaks in the event’s main attraction, “Dr.Death’s Side Show Spook House Spectacular”. Meanwhile, a group of local bullies are planning their annual public hazing of Jacob, but this year things go too far.
You want more? Ok, ok. How about if I leave you with the very first teaser trailer for Candy Corn? And I have to say, the look of this really impressed me. Kudos to Josh Hasty. And kudos to you guys, because I know you’re going to support it when it comes out later this year! Who actually likes candy corn candy btw?
Anticipation Alert: The Final Wish (2019)
Quick…..make a wish! Granted. Ok, I’m assuming your wish was to have a post about my excitement for the movie The Final Wish. To be honest, I wasn’t even expecting to write this post. This film flew waaaaaay under my radar, and it wasn’t until I saw that it would be having a ‘one night only‘ screening on January 24th in select theaters that I started to really pay attention to it.
Yes, the whole ‘grant a wish’ premise has been done before in the Wishmaster franchise and most recently in 2017’s Wish Upon (which actually wasn’t all that terrible). But did either of those have scream…..I mean screen vets Lin Shaye and Tony Todd?!? What about the original writer/creator of Final Destination?!? Nope, didn’t think so. Rather than me copy and pasting the synopsis of The Final Wish from Wikipedia, let’s watch the trailer real quick together and get a feel for it:
Am I expecting the greatest horror movie of all time with The Final Wish? No. But from the looks of the trailer and from early reviews, this looks fun and could be a nice little surprise. If you’re down, go look up your local theater and see if The Final Wish is playing there on January 24th. And stay after the movie for a special pre-taped Q&A with the cast and crew!
Let’s Have Another Staring Contest…….
Sunday Bloody Sunday: ‘Psychiatrist Death’ From ‘Candyman’ (1992)
Going to a psychiatrist can be such a drag, man. Especially if you say “Candyman” five times and the hook-handed legend himself appears to cause some major bloody damage while grunting loudly. Welcome to Sunday Bloody Sunday where I’m showcasing one of my favorite death scenes from 1992’s, Candyman.
I think this might be Candyman’s most dominating kill. And by dominating, I mean he really gets that hook all up in the back of the psychiatrist and grunts and moans like nobody’s business. He’s angry. He’s pissed. He may be a little turned on, but that’s debatable. You can be the judge while you watch the clip below:
Horror Hijinks: “We Hear You’re Looking For Candyman, Bitch.”
Unintentional comedy in a horror movie is always a bonus. Some might look at it in a negative way, because the comedy might take you out of the moment. But I for one, am all for it! Case in point: 1992’s, Candyman.
To be honest, Candyman is one of the only movies that truly gave me the creeps. I love the villain (Tony Todd nails it) and LOVE the whole backstory involved with him. The hook. The bees. The gruff, deep voice. It freaked me out too because I used to play the ‘Bloody Mary’ game when I was little, where you had to say her name multiple times while looking in a mirror to see if she would appear. So, obviously the similarities are there with Candyman.
Let’s talk comedy though and about one scene in particular. After Helen goes snooping around a bathroom trying to get answers about the Candyman legend, she’s encountered by a group of thugs and is roughed up. And the main thug says “We hear you’re looking for Candyman, bitch!” right before the roughing up begins. Cut to the police station where a few guys are put up in a lineup for Helen to see and hear as they mutter the memorable line and BOOM! Pure comedy gold:
Wow. Put a steak on that eye, Helen. That’s quite a Fred Flintstone influenced shiner you have there. But anyway, I can’t help but laugh every time I see this scene. And it provides some ever so slight balance to all of the horrifying things that have happened up until this moment in the movie. Gotta love the contrast of voices between the first and second guy too. In fact, I think I know why I love this scene so much now. It reminds me of Eddie Murphy’s classic ‘banana in the tailpipe’ line from Beverly Hills Cop!