Columbia/Polygram/Propaganda (Steve Golin, Sigurjon
Sighvatsson & Alan Poul)
USA 🇺🇸 1992
W: Bernard Rose [based on the novel by Clive
DP: Anthony B. Richmond
Ed: Dan Rae
Mus: Philip Glass
Virginia Madsen (Helen Lyle), Tony Todd (Candyman), Xander
Berkeley (Trevor Lyle), Kasi Lemmons (Bernadette Walsh), Vanessa Williams (Anne-Marie McCoy), DeJuan Guy (Jake)
Amongst the better horror movies of the early 1990's about
a mythical hook-handed serial killer who appears when you look into a mirror and say his name five times.
Virginia Madsen plays an anthropology student who aims to
prove his existence.
It's unfortunate that the film ends on incredibly
predictable note, but it's an effective bogeyman/slasher film, which also has allegories towards slavery and racism which are quite clever. An impressive horror for the early 1990's, when the
genre gravitated mostly towards hashed sequels and scary toys.
A sequel followed, but it lacked the recipe which made
this a worthwhile watch.