31 Nights of Horror: Night 11: Candyman

Cover of "Candyman"
Cover of Candyman

When my daughter, Nicole was 3 years old I can remember her sitting with her dad on his lap in his Lay-Z-Boy and watching this movie. Here we are 12 years later and she loves this stuff! What have a done? Created a monster?

Who says that letting your kids watch scary movies at the age of a toddler will warp their impressionable minds? Not to mention she used to head bang in her car seat to White Zombie as we blasted it driving on the windy mountain roads of Colorado.

Candyman (1992) is a film that never got it’s due. It is a movie that assaults the senses and leaves the viewer scared enough to never utter the words “Candyman” in front of the bathroom mirror again!

Did you know:

The bees were bred specifically for this movie. They needed to make sure that the bees were only 12 hours old so that they looked like mature bees, but their stinger wouldn’t be powerful enough to do any real damage. In fact, real bees were actually put into Tony Todd’s mouth while they where shooting the climax. His only protection was a mouth guard that kept him from having the bees go down his throat.

Exterior, hallway and stairway scenes were actually filmed for a few days in the infamous Cabrini-Green housing projects, though the producers had to make a deal with the ruling gang members to put them in the movie as extras to ensure the cast and crew’s safety during filming. Even with this arrangement, a sniper put a bullet through the production van on the last day of filming, though no one was injured.

Also did you know that the lead female character was close to casting the little known Sandra Bullock for the role of Helen.

What is your favorite scary movie? 

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