YMMV / Candyman

  • Adaptation Displacement: Few people are even aware of the original short story.
  • 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.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Philip Glass's ultra-gothic minimalist score, all wordless choirs and pulsing pipe organ, elevates the film from slasher flick to grand tragedy.
  • Enforced Method Acting: For the scenes where Helen is put under Candyman's spell, director Bernard Rose had Viriginia Madsen hypnotized and implanted with a trigger he could use on set to put her under. Thus, Helen's tranced looks are totally for real as Madsen said in interviews she had no full knowledge of the shoot happening around her.
  • 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 Licensee: 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.
    • She thought that the killer was still in there, and a woman was being threatened, if not slaughtered right there and then. Which is worse? Be implicated for murder or become a victim?
    • Really, everyone who summoned Candyman, or at least after the first victim.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: The first two films deal heavily in this.
    • 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.
    • Candyman: Farewell To The Flesh sees the legend of the Candyman traveling as far south as New Orleans, where he was originally born a human and made into a monster. This time the exploration is of race, and The Candyman is seen less as a deity and more as a spirit of vengeance.