As a Horrorhead (still trying to make that a thing for people who love horror movies like Sneakerhead for shoe lovers), I am always impressed when I think about the 1992 movie Candyman when I remember that Tony Todd who plays The Candyman and Virginia Madsen who plays Helen Lyle were actually covered in real bees during those scenes, including the ones that went into Tony Todd’s mouth! 🐝
There are a lot of different critiques of this film, but I think when you look at it through a modern-day lens, it perfectly encapsulates the exact problematic tropes people complain about as a time capsule of the early 1990s. If I were going to write something more in-depth about this movie, I would focus on the allegory angle where society got so hung up villainizing the Black man that it failed to realize that white women can also be the villain. That even when a white woman believes the actions she is taking are to save the children, she might ultimately be the reason the kids don’t end up alright. But that’s another tangent for another day.
Hair: Short Curly Blonde Wig
Lips: Lip Balm
Accessories: Earrings I made from Good Luck Minis Bumble Bees and some shell beads
Accessories: Leopard-trimmed dark brown velvet gloves
Prop: SONY Cyber-shot DSCW150/B Digital Camera which is the closest type of camera I still own to pass for a camera from the 1990s
Catch me back here tomorrow for another post.
In the meantime, check out the Candyman: Helen Lyle Vibes board on Pinterest.