The original Candyman was a clever spin on the Bloody Mary urban legend, but the remake’s revision of his origin story makes the character much more like Wes Craven’s legendary A Nightmare On Elm Street villain Freddy Krueger. Released in 1992, director Bernard Rose’s Candyman was a rare fusion of satire and horror that managed to be as terrifying as it was thoughtful. Adapted from horror icon Clive Barker’s short story “The Forbidden,” Candyman brought the action of the source story from under-resourced Liverpool to Chicago’s impoverished Cabrini-Green projects.
The most famous parts of the tale remained the same, though. In Rose’s critically acclaimed horror movie, the eponymous killer was still a supernatural slasher who killed anyone foolish enough to utter his name five times in a mirror. However, as imposing as Tony Todd’s titular villain was, the Candyman still had a sad backstory that made him surprisingly sympathetic. He was killed by a racist lynch mob after falling in love with a rich white landowner’s daughter, a tragic tale that the remake has discarded in favor of a different origin.
You can have your debates about who is the greatest slasher of all time but there’s no denying that John Carpenter’s Halloween is a classic that shaped the slasher genre forever. And the person responsible for striking fear in all of us, ever since 1978, is The Shape himself, Michael Myers. There’s something so mystique and evil about that plain white mask that hides everything but the devil’s eyes. There have been twelve official installments into the Halloween franchise to date including one, Halloween III: Season of the Witch, that did not have Michael Myers in it, and one that hasn’t been released yet in Halloween Kills.