First, I want to give you one of my favorite lines provided by http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0103919/quotes. Candyman says, “They will say that I have shed innocent blood. What's blood for, if not for shedding?” Do you know how creepy that is for the movie to start with? It’s especially frightening coming from the brilliant (more on that later) Tony Todd, who’s naturally deep voice is villain-esque on its own.
Tony Todd is definitely up there with horror icons Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger), Kane Hodder (Jason Voorhees), and Doug Bradley (Pinhead). The man is 6’5” and has an extraordinarily deep voice and overall menacing composure. His character is fleshed out long before he appears (which isn’t really until halfway through) through the stories and legends told by the locals of one of Cabrini-Greene; Vanessa Williams in a brilliant portrayal as a happy, protective, mother, and DeJuan Guy as a little brave boy. The infamous hook is coated in blood and gore whenever he appears. In the daytime too, because you know you’re in trouble when the monster isn’t afraid of some Vitamin D.
Finally, Phillip Glass gives us a haunted, gothic score which fits perfectly with the visuals. Overall, this is definitely a five star film. Go watch it, and try to say his name. I dare you.
***** of *****