Candyman: Helen Lyle

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! šŸ

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.

A gray cardigan sweater and light wash Lee jeans on a dress form with buckled brown booties in front of it.
Candyman: Helen Lyle Outfit

Outfit: Merona Gray Chunky Cardigan Sweater with Pockets

Vintage Lee Light Wash “Mom” Jeans

Shoes: Diba Dark Brown Double Buckle Zip Booties

A gray cardigan sweater with a black pea coat with gold buttones over it and light wash Lee jeans on a dress form with buckled brown booties in front of it.

Outfit: Apt. 9 Black Pea Coat with Gold Buttons

The back side of a person wearing a short blonde curly wig.

Hair: Short Curly Blonde Wig

A selfie of a pale person wearing a short curly blonde wig and bee earings.

Makeup:

Lips: Lip Balm

A close-up of earrings made from small bumble bee toys and gray shell beads.

Accessories: Earrings I made from Good Luck Minis Bumble Bees and some shell beads

A pair of brown velvet gloves with leopard print cuffs.

Accessories: Leopard-trimmed dark brown velvet gloves

A SONY cyber-shot digital camera.

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

A person dressed up as Helen Lyle from the movie Candyman in a side-by-side comparison to Virginia Madsen as Helen Lyle from Candyman.

A person dressed up as Helen Lyle from the movie Candyman edited into a scene with her husband Trevor Lyle teaching in front of his class.
This is my husband Trevor. He’s a professor who may or may not be stepping out on me with one of his students.

A person dressed up as Helen Lyle from the movie Candyman edited into a scene with cleaning lady who tells her about her friend who knows about The Candyman.
I’m a grad student writing my thesis on Urban Legends. While listening to one of my interviews, the cleaning lady overhears and offers up info about the Candyman who will supposedly appear if you say his name into a mirror 5 times.

A person dressed up as Helen Lyle from the movie Candyman edited into a scene with her friend Bernie at Cabrini-Green Public Housing Projects.
My friend and thesis partner Bernadette and I decide to visit the local housing project Cabrini-Green to try to seek out the source of the Candyman story. The residents assume we are cops.

A person dressed up as Helen Lyle from the movie Candyman edited into a scene with the "gang leader" in the bathroom.
I went back by myself, even after Bernie told me to leave it alone. I tried explaining that I was a harmless white woman who is just really into scary stories and dope graffiti, but the locals weren’t buying it.

A person dressed up as Helen Lyle from the movie Candyman edited into a scene with the open mouth graffiti art of The Candyman.
Even though I am able to recognize my privilege, that doesn’t stop me from becoming a victim of The System. The Candyman shows up too, but everyone claims they can’t see him.

A person dressed up as Helen Lyle from the movie Candyman in a side-by-side comparison to Virginia Madsen as Helen Lyle from Candyman. They are both holding cameras in their gloved hands.

Catch me back here tomorrow for another post.

In the meantime, check out the Candyman: Helen Lyle Vibes board on Pinterest.

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