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Jon Towlson


When Candyman 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 film's hook-handed killer of urban legend embodies a history of racism, miscegenation, lynching, and slavery, “the taboo secrets of America's past and present.” This book considers how Candyman might be read both as a ... More

Keywords: Roger Ebert, horror cinema, horror film, neoconservative horror, urban myth, Urban Legend franchise, Bernard Rose

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781911325543
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781911325543.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jon Towlson, author