YMMV / Candyman

  • Adaptation Displacement: Few people are even aware of the original short story.
  • Awesome Music: Philip Glass's ultra-gothic minimalist score, all wordless choirs and pulsing pipe organ, elevates the film from slasher flick to grand tragedy.
  • Broken Base: A mix because the three films all kind of go about it differently. To the point the different styles have different qualities to different people.
  • Faux Symbolism: Candyman explores the concept of religion, specifically the idea that Man created God. When a local gang is exposed committing crimes and violence as "The Candyman", the being in question ends up actually showing up to reinforce the community's belief in him through Human Sacrifice. The Candyman's lair resembles a decaying, moulded church and he sleeps on a concrete bed reminiscent of an Altar. It overlaps with Smite Me, O Mighty Smiter!, given that stupid people keep activating the summoning ritual in an effort to prove Candyman doesn't exist. It doesn't end well.
  • Narm:
    • Candyman showing up and pulling that asylum doctor through a window. There's also Helen taking this opportunity to walk along the outcropping outside, signal a nurse to let her in, and promptly knock her out to steal her outfit.
    • Some viewers have found Candyman's appearance to be ridiculous. Gene Siskel compared his clothing to a blaxploitation pimp's outfit.
    • "We hear you're lookin' for Candyman, bitch."
  • Sequelitis: Depends on how much you liked the first film, but the others pretty much abandon the metaphysical observations on the power of urban myth from the original.
  • Spiritual Adaptation: The first film evokes the surreal atmosphere of a Stanley Kubrick horror film such as The Shining with elements of David Lynch. What further helps is that the music by Philip Glass can be considered to be reminiscent of Wendy Carlos's electronically musical work (Carlos had worked with Kubrick on films The Shining and A Clockwork Orange).
  • What an Idiot!:
    • Helen, when you wake up in a pool of someone else's blood with a dog head in the hallway and a woman screaming in the other room, you might not want to pick up the bloody cleaver on the floor and hold it in a menacing fashion.
    • Really, everyone who summoned Candyman, or at least after the first victim.