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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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Candyman: Production and Reception

Candyman: Production and Reception

(p.47) 3. Candyman: Production and Reception

Jon Towlson

Liverpool University Press

This chapter provides a background of the production and reception of Candyman (1992). It begins by looking at the casting of Tony Todd for the Candyman role, as well as the casting of Virginia Madsen for the role of Helen Lyle. The chapter then details the filming of Candyman in the real Cabrini-Green housing project. The producers worked closely with the residents' association and employed Cabrini-Green youths to act in the film, which also served to help the production's credibility with the residents. Finally, the chapter details how the theatrical release of Candyman came at a time of great racial tension in Los Angeles. According to Bernard Rose, Candyman had a test screening scheduled on the day that the Rodney King riots broke out; this would mark the screening as taking place in April of 1992, several months before Candyman's US theatrical release in October. As Clive Barker has remarked, there was genuine fear amongst the movie executives that, in the aftermath of the riots, the film would be seen as racist.

Keywords:   Candyman, Tony Todd, Virginia Madsen, filming, Cabrini-Green housing project, theatrical release, racial tension, Rodney King riots, Bernard Rose, Clive Barker

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