Who Said Candyman Five Times? He's Back?!
It seems all we report on nowadays are remakes upon remakes. Some are worse than others (e.g. Rocky Horror Picture Show), obviously, but what about a visit back to 1992's horror hooked-man, Candyman? All you have to do is same his name five times in the mirror, right? Apparently that's the buzz Shock Till You Drop brings us today as it appears Sony is eying another go at the bee-ridden ghoul. "Early talks" is reportedly the word on the street in Hollywood. That, and oh… that Candyman might be white this time around. I really, really hope not. Has the studio totally forgotten Candyman's back story?
If you recall from the franchise, the murderous ghost (played by the very familiar Tony Todd) was originally a slave in the 1800's that was killed by a group of men for getting the daughter of a powerful white man pregnant. The method of choice: cutting off his hand, smearing his body in honey and then locking him inside an apiary full of bees that stung him to death. His ghost is stirred by saying his name five times in the mirror, after which point he appears and usually kills the conjurer. The Candyman franchise, which was adapted from Clive Barker's original "The Forbidden," spanned three films with the first being the most successful both in boxoffice draw and reviews (not surprisingly, right?).
Honestly, Candyman is a fantastic horror tale that I wouldn't mind seeing remade. It definitely struck me as one of the most disturbing movies of my youth; though I have to admit, I never saw the subsequent two films. I've been told that I didn't miss much. As long as Sony doesn't turn Candyman white and secures a decent writer and director, I'll be on board. What about you? Looking forward to more Candyman?