Candyman ★★★★★

Candyman is a beautiful and haunting horror film, but what makes it lasting is its insight into white liberal attitudes towards race in America, represented by Helen and her relationship to the Candyman. The legend of how the spirit came to be is tragic, but it is clearly fascinating to Helen. The Candyman’s desire for Helen is presented as a return of his original desire for the white woman he fell in love with and who loved him. Here, it is hard to say that Helen “loves” the Candyman, but she is totally captured by him. Or perhaps it’s more accurate to say she identifies with the white woman from the legend. That is, Helen feels to the Candyman parallels the transgression of what the white woman felt for the African American man who would be murdered.

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