It seems like a lifetime ago, but it was just a few days. I saw the trailer for the upcoming CANDYMAN film, due out this summer (and please God let it make its release date!) and it got me to wanting to rewatch the original, as it had been a while since I last viewed it. It’s an even better film than I remember. Maybe it’s that my being a bit older and more educated allows me to appreciate it more now. I caught it in theaters when it first came out and loved it, but I love it even more as a fortysomething than I did as a twentysomething. It truly is a modern masterpiece.
One thing I didn’t know until watching the behind-the-scenes documentary that accompanied the film on my DVD is just how much both writer/director Bernard Rose and Tony Todd deserve credit for the creation of the Candyman character, both of them just as much as Clive Barker, who wrote the short story upon which the movie is based. It was Rose who moved the setting from England to Chicago’s Cabrini-Green slums (and gave the movie its soul in the process). As for the character’s history, credit Tony Todd, who came up with it on his own! Rose liked it so much that he chose to include it in the movie. In more ways than one, then, Tony Todd created Candyman!