The movie “Candyman” was so nice, they made it twice. The 1992 horror film introduced the hook-handed killer named “The Candyman,” who manifested after anyone said his name five times while looking into a mirror. The film, written by Clive Barker and directed by Bernard Rose, starred Virginia Madsen as grad student Helen Lyle, who runs afoul of the Candyman. Tony Todd immortalized the role of the titular character. “Candyman” spawned three sequels, including Jordan Peele’s 2021 film of the same name.
While not as critically successful as director Nia DaCosta and writer-producer Peele’s updated exploration of the character’s mythology infused with social commentary regarding racism (the film has an 84% approval rating among critics on Rotten Tomatoes), the original “Candyman” remains a classic among horror fans. Bloody Disgusting ranked Todd’s Candyman eighth on its “The Top 13 Slasher in Horror Movie History” list, and RetroCrush ranked Todd at #53 on its list of “The 100 Greatest Horror Movie Performances.” The new movie has reignited discussions about the original “Candyman,” and fans took to Reddit to discuss the scene they can’t stop watching (or rewatching).