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Candyman

Jon Towlson

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325543
eISBN:
9781800342347
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325543.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

When Candyman was released in 1992, Roger Ebert gave it his thumbs up, remarking that the film was “scaring him with ideas and gore, rather than just gore.” Indeed, Candyman is almost unique in 1990s ... More


Candyman: Production and Reception

Jon Towlson

in Candyman

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325543
eISBN:
9781800342347
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325543.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter provides a background of the production and reception of Candyman (1992). It begins by looking at the casting of Tony Todd for the Candyman role, as well as the casting of Virginia ... More


‘Sweets to the Sweet’: from ‘The Forbidden’ to Candyman

Jon Towlson

in Candyman

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325543
eISBN:
9781800342347
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325543.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter discusses the intersection between Clive Barker's work and that of Bernard Rose; surprisingly, the two are closely connected, even symbiotic. Rose's UK debut film Paperhouse (1988) ... More


Urban Legends, Urban Myths: Adapting Candyman

Jon Towlson

in Candyman

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325543
eISBN:
9781800342347
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325543.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter looks at ways in which Candyman (1992) offers a discourse on urban myth, and how it utilises actual urban legends such as ‘Bloody Mary’. Social scientists and folklorists have theorised ... More


Candyman and the Return of the Repressed

Jon Towlson

in Candyman

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325543
eISBN:
9781800342347
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325543.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter presents a textual analysis of Candyman (1992). The film at first appears to be a product of white liberal guilt at the plight of poor African-Americans; Helen Lyle lives in an expensive ... More


Introduction: Candyman and ’90s Horror

Jon Towlson

in Candyman

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325543
eISBN:
9781800342347
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325543.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This introductory chapter provides an overview of Candyman (1992). In an era dominated by tired pastiche, Candyman remains one of the most original and finest horror movies. Based on Clive Barker's ... More


Sequels, Spin-offs and Knock-offs

Jon Towlson

in Candyman

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325543
eISBN:
9781800342347
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325543.003.0007
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter studies the sequels to Candyman (1992), Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh (1995) and Candyman: Day of the Dead (1999), in terms of what they add to the Candyman mythos. Each attempts to ... More


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