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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


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


Media of the Weird

Mizuki Shigeru and Kuchi-sake-onna

in Pandemonium and Parade: Japanese Monsters and the Culture of Yokai

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520253612
eISBN:
9780520942677
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520253612.003.0005
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

This chapter discusses yôkai in the 1970s and 1980s, after Japan's period of fast economic growth. It notes that the trope for this period was the media, and looks at the role yôkai played within ... More


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


Newslore: Contemporary Folklore on the Internet

Russell Frank

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604739282
eISBN:
9781604739299
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604739282.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Folk Literature

Newslore is folklore that comments on and hinges on knowledge of current events. These expressions come in many forms: jokes, urban legends, digitally altered photographs, mock news stories, press ... 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


A Culture of Conspiracy: Apocalyptic Visions in Contemporary America

Michael Barkun

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520238053
eISBN:
9780520939721
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520238053.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

What do UFO believers, Christian millennialists, and right-wing conspiracy theorists have in common? It is well known that some Americans are obsessed with conspiracies. The Kennedy assassination, ... More


Synopsis

Jon Towlson

in Devil’s Advocates: Candyman

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325543
eISBN:
9781800342347
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325543.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter details the synopsis of Bernard Rose's Candyman (1992), which takes place in present-day Chicago. Helen Lyle (Virginia Madsen), a graduate student researching urban legends, investigates ... More


Introduction

Murray Leeder and Murray Leeder

in Halloween

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781906733797
eISBN:
9781800342149
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733797.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This introductory chapter provides an overview and a synopsis of John Carpenter's Halloween (1978). Halloween is an acknowledged horror classic, and one of the relatively few horror films added to ... More


Path to Victory

Joshua Grimm

in It Follows

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325581
eISBN:
9781800342354
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325581.003.0007
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter investigates the final scene of David Robert Mitchell'sIt Follows as the ultimate conclusion for whomever is tethered to the entity. It reviews the entity that possesses the ability to ... 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


Latin American Gothic

Enrique Ajuria Ibarra

in Twenty-First-Century Gothic: An Edinburgh Companion

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781474440929
eISBN:
9781474477024
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474440929.003.0019
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Recently, scholarly criticism has acknowledged the presence of the Gothic in Latin America, which should be distinguished from magic realism and the fantastic. Latin American Gothic evinces regional, ... More


Check Snopes: Cyborg Folklore in the Internet Age

Willow G. Mullins

in Implied Nowhere: Absence in Folklore Studies

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9781496822956
eISBN:
9781496823007
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496822956.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, Mythology and Folklore

“Check Snopes” has become the clarion call of doubters everywhere, from the chalkboard to the chat room. Yet Snopes.com also presents an interesting problem within folklore studies, a problem common ... More


You Can’t Raffle Off a Dead Donkey: Newslore of Commerce

Russell Frank

in Newslore: Contemporary Folklore on the Internet

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604739282
eISBN:
9781604739299
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604739282.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Folk Literature

This chapter examines the newslore the sudden collapse of the Enron Corporation. It explains that the shameless profiteering of Enron executives confirmed some of the worst fears about corporate ... More


Not-So-Heavenly Gates: Newslore of the Digital Age

Russell Frank

in Newslore: Contemporary Folklore on the Internet

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604739282
eISBN:
9781604739299
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604739282.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Folk Literature

This chapter examines the newslore that has attached itself to the person of software mogul Bill Gates and the response to business and government warnings of economic upheaval in the event of ... More


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