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Jon Towlson

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781911325543

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781911325543.001.0001

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Introduction: Candyman and ’90s Horror

Introduction: Candyman and ’90s Horror

(p.9) Introduction: Candyman and ’90s Horror

Jon Towlson

Liverpool University Press

This introductory chapter provides an overview of Candyman (1992). In an era dominated by tired pastiche, Candyman remains one of the most original and finest horror movies. Based on Clive Barker's short story, ‘The Forbidden’, Candyman has been widely acclaimed for its social commentary, as well as for its skilful use of horror tropes and cinematic techniques. Its writer-director Bernard Rose has gone on to a distinguished career in Hollywood which has included further notable work in the horror genre, while Candyman has spawned two sequels and inspired numerous movies evoking urban myths and legends, including the financially successful Urban Legend franchise. As a Nineties horror movie, Candyman has prevailed. As well as receiving positive reviews at the time of its release, it continues to win new fans and admirers.

Keywords:   Candyman, Clive Barker, social commentary, horror tropes, Bernard Rose, horror genre, urban myths, urban legends, Urban Legend franchise, horror movie

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