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!