de Jon Towlson
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WhenCandyman was released in 1992, Roger Ebert gave it his thumbs up, remarking that the film was scaring him with ideas and gore, rather than just gore. Indeed,Candyman is almost unique in 1990s horror cinema in that it tackles its sociopolitical themes head on. As critic Kirsten Moana Thompson has remarked,Candyman is "the return of the repressed as national allegory": the films hook-handed killer of urban legend embodies a history of racism, miscegenation, lynching, and slavery, "the taboo secrets of Americas past and present."
In this book, Jon Towlson considers howCandyman might be read both as a "return of the repressed" during the George H. W. Bush era, and as an example of nineties neoconservative horror. He traces the projects development from its origins as a Clive Barker short story ("The Forbidden"); discusses the importance of its gritty real-life Cabrini-Green setting; and analyzes the films appropriation (and interrogation) of urban myth. The two official sequels (Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh  andCandyman: Day of the Dead) are also considered, plus a number of other urban myth-inspired horror movies such asBloody Mary(2006) and films in the Urban Legend franchise. The book features an in-depth interview with Candymans writer-director Bernard Rose.