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|“||They will say that I have shed innocent blood... What's blood for, if not for shedding?||„|
|~ The Candyman's most famous quote.|
|“||Be my victim.||„|
|~ The Candyman's most famous catchphrase.|
Daniel Robitaille, better known as Candyman, is the titular main antagonist of the Candyman franchise, based off of the short story "The Forbidden" from the anthology book Books of Blood written by Clive Barker. He appears as the titular main antagonist of the original Candyman, Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh and Candyman: Day of the Dead and the overarching antagonist of Candyman (2021).
Despite his nature as a brutal killer and a vengeful spirit, Candyman has an especially tragic past compared to most horror icons, which arguably made him more sympathetic, though he was nevertheless just as dangerous and deadly as any other slasher movie villains. He returns in the 2021 movie with the same name. As with Clive Barker's earlier slasher icon, Pinhead, the character of Candyman was intentionally designed to be very charismatic and articulate, his main source of fear being derived from his warped sense of reasoning.
He is portrayed by Tony Todd in the whole series, who also played Grange in The Crow, Captain Darrow in The Rock, Earl Jenkins in Smallville, King Deucalion in Minotaur, Shadow in Shadow: Dead Riot, Benjamin Juma in the 24 franchise, The Fallen in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Dreadwing in Transformers Prime, Zoom in the Arrowverse, Darkseid in the DC Animated Movie Universe and Luther Thompson in Scream.
|“||I am the writing on the wall, the whisper in the classroom. Without these things, I am nothing. So now, I must shed innocent blood. Come with me!||„|
|~ The Candyman|
The Candyman is usually portrayed as a lean, tall, African-American man, six feet and five inches, usually towering over the other characters in the Candyman movies.
His attire consists of a large, brown fur trenchcoat, a white cravat around his neck, gray pants, a pair of polished leather shoes, and a bloody hook in place of his right hand, which he uses to mutilate his victims. His trenchcoat is used to conceal his grotesque mutilations — the product of the torture that he suffered shortly before his death. Underneath it is his skinless ribcage and hollowed-out abdomen, which forms a hive infested with live honey bees. His hair is jet-black and curly, but kept very short.
Because of the unjust tragedy surrounding his death, having been murdered under false pretenses as an act of revenge, Candyman arose from the grave and became a wrath-driven specter, haunting the land where he had been executed. But, rather than render the land of Cabrini Green, or the Sullivan household (depending on which movie we follow) uninhabited, Candyman preferred to keep the denizens in the dark, unaware of his existence until they made the mistake of summoning him. Candyman, while well-spoken and articulate, is portrayed as being incredibly self-absorbed, narcissistic and vain, valuing his reputation over human life. His sole motivation is to keep the rumors and stories surrounding his death alive, as he believes that the longer people talk and fear him, the more he will continue to haunt the land — which is later shown to be true.
Candyman is also shown to possess a severe god complex. He implies self-omnipresence by identifying himself with the rumors and imagery based around his name and likeness, further claiming that without such things he is "nothing", making it clear that he enjoys hearing people talk about him. Candyman takes his role as a god to quite literal religious lengths. He refers to the denizens of his burial grounds as his "followers" and "congregation". Furthermore, Candyman does not kill his believers if they abandon their faith in him; instead, he chooses to murder the people who have called him out as being superstition (such as Helen Lyle, who in the first Candyman movie told a young boy from Cabrini Green that "Candyman" had merely been an alias used by serial killers in order for them to get away with their crimes).
The people who worship Candyman, i.e. the residents of Cabrini Green and New Orleans, have a habit of participating in offerings to the vengeful apparition.
During the first film, a run-down apartment flat houses a sort of altar in Candyman's name; a pile of chocolate sweets with razor blades inside their packages is placed in front of a large graffiti mural depicting Candyman's screaming head. Also, during the events of the first film, the Cabrini Green's African-American community created a make-shift pyre which they set ablaze, an obvious ritual used to appease the spirit.
In the second film, the people of New Orleans had created an actual altar in the attic of the Sullivan mansion, the shrine having skulls, candles and a large wall painting depicting Candyman in a crucifix stance.
It is also noted that in the second film, his bloodlust and arrogance seem to hide his inner torment at being denied the right to be with the woman he loved, and the anguish he feels at never being able to hold or see the child that he and Caroline had made together. His features contort with obvious pain as he tells his story, his memories of Caroline clearly something he holds precious. The fact that her grieving face when she saw the atrocities committed against him was the last thing he saw, and the knowledge that her pain was greater than his is embedded in his memory, showed how much they had both meant to each other; when she saw his face in the mirror she held after he breathed his last breath, she didn't toss the mirror away in fear; she clutched it tightly to her breast, sobbing at the loss of her love.
Candyman's origins are explored in a legend surrounding the tragic death of a painter in the city of Chicago during the early 1800s, the story itself first appearing in 1890. The legend told that Candyman was initially the son of a slave, who became extremely wealthy after inventing a machine which mass produced shoes during the American Civil War. With his newfound fortune, the father had sent his boy to all the best schools in America, the young man growing up to become a polite and good natured gentleman as well as a well-known painter, most famous for capturing a person's status in portraits. Sometime around 1890, the young painter had been commissioned by a wealthy landowner to capture the beauty of his daughter, a white virgin.
The painter's only real sin was falling in love with the girl in question with whom they were to have a child out of wedlock. Unfortunately, the girl's father had discovered their relation and was left so outraged that he hired a lynch mob to find and kill the young painter. As the mob chased him down the streets of the Near North end of Chicago they eventually overpowered him and sawed off his right hand with a rusty blade. The young painter's body was then smeared with honey from a local apiary, causing the bees to sting him to death and prompting the future generations of the neighborhood to christen him "Candyman". The painter's dead body was then been burned on a pyre with his ashes being scattered around the entire region.
In the second Candyman movie Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh, the painter is given the name of Daniel Robitaille. Likewise, the movie retconned his origin by placing the painter's birth and death in New Orleans. He was born on the Esplanade Plantation (the future home of the Tarrant family) within New Orleans. Also of note, the young white woman with whom Daniel had an affair with was identified as Caroline Sullivan.
Sometime after his death, Daniel's ghost rose from the grave, a spiteful and vengeful spirit who tormented anyone who dared to question his existence. An urban legend arose which stated that whoever shall recite the name Candyman five times in the mirror, then immediately turn off the lights, will summon the ghost that will slay his summoner along with anybody else who has witnessed the specter's appearance.
Helen Lyle, a graduate student in modern Chicago conducting research on her theories on urban legends with her partner and friend Bernadette "Bernie" Walsh, is interviewing freshman about their superstitions and hears about a local legend known as the Candyman. Later, Helen and Bernadette jokingly call his name and nothing happens, but as the days go by and she hears rumors but sees no proof of the Candyman's existence, she begins to believe that the Candyman is nothing but folklore.
However, because of this disbelief, the Candyman reveals himself to Helen that he is indeed real. When she sees the demonic spirit for the first time, she passes out and wakes up in Marie's apartment covered in blood. Annie, Marie's Rottweiler, is decapitated, and her baby Anthony is missing. She attacks Helen, who is forced to defend herself from Annie by cutting her with a meat cleaver. The police enter the room and arrest Helen. Helen is then bailed out of jail by her husband Trevor, who then leaves to do an errand while Helen is in the apartment. While Helen is there she tries to find clues from the photos she took of the pictures and words describing the Candyman, and then goes to the bathroom to think things over, but Candyman then bursts through the mirror. She runs, but sees that she cannot escape the evil spirit. He reveals that he has the child and he will take her where he (Anthony) will die in a new place. He also says that her disbelief destroyed the faith of his followers, and that he cannot exist if they don't believe he is real, which was the reason he appeared to her and states that he must kill Helen in order to keep his legend in the minds of his believers. He then cuts a small hole in the back of Helen's neck, wounding her.
Then her friend Bernadette arrives and rings the door bell. Helen pleads for her to leave, but Bernadette comes in anyway. The door then slams behind her, she looks behind and sees the Candyman and as she screamed she was brutally murdered. Trevor came by and saw Bernadette dead on the floor and Helen on the ground bleeding with a knife. She loses consciousness and Trevor calls the police. Helen is charged with first degree murder and nobody believes her; the only person who can save her is the Candyman.
After a month in the hospital, before her trial, a psychologist has an interview with Helen. To prove the Candyman is real, she summons the Candyman in his office, and Candyman kills the psychologist. Helen escapes, and later finds out that Trevor has been having an affair with one of his students and was planning on leaving her in the hospital in order to pursue the affair. Helen only leaves when they threaten to call the police.
Helen flees to Cabrini-Green to confront the Candyman and find Anthony. In the apartment's attic, she finds the words "It was always you, Helen". When confronting the Candyman, he predicts that Helen will carry on his legacy of inciting fear into the community. The Candyman agrees to release the baby if Helen sacrifices herself; however, the Candyman really intends to sacrifice them both to fuel his legend. He takes Helen and the baby into the middle of a junk pile, where residents were planning to start a bonfire. Jake, a kid Helen befriended earlier, sees Candyman's hook, and alerts the other residents. As they start a bonfire, Helen manages to stab the Candyman and break free. As the Candyman burns the building, Helen successfully breaks out of the rubble and rescues the child, although being burned alive herself in the process. With the last of her strength, Helen pushes Anthony to Anne Marie before she succumbs to her injuries.
With the Candyman defeated, Helen was absolved of her crimes, but the Candyman gained some victory as people now believe in him again, and Helen has become an urban legend in her own right, as Trevor finds out later.
Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh
Coleman Tarrant, father of New Orleans schoolteacher Annie Tarrant, was murdered in a Candyman-like fashion some years prior at his old family mansion. When Professor Philip Purcell is murdered in a bathroom by Candyman after presenting the legend to his class and calling him forth, Annie's brother is accused of the murder (since his furious public confrontation of Purcell over the subject) and one of her students starts to see the Candyman. In order to disprove to herself that the Candyman exists, she says his name five times in front of a mirror, summoning him to New Orleans on the eve of Ash Wednesday and Mardi Gras, where the killing begins in earnest. Her husband Paul McKeever becomes one of Candyman's new victims. The film's climax reveals more details of the Candyman's genesis, and his reason for stalking Annie. In the end, the Candyman dies when his mirror that was once his former lover's gift in his former life, breaks.
Candyman: Day of the Dead
The ghostly serial killer returns once again from beyond the grave. This time, during the eve of Day of the Dead, to haunt Los Angeles art gallery owner Caroline McKeever, a distant relative of the Candyman (and also Annie Tarrant's daughter) in order for him to claim her soul so she will be next to him. In the meantime, the Candyman goes about killing all those associated with Caroline (starting with artist Miguel Velasco, her lover David de La Paz, and following with her roommate Tamara) in his usual gory ways with his hook and making it appear to the authorities that Caroline is the one responsible for the killings, particularly when seasoned police detective (and closet prejudice of most minorities) L.V. Sacco dies in the front seat. This not only brings the whole local police department down on her head, but puts her in the firing line of Sacco's equally bigoted and very deluded partner Lt. Det. Samuel Deacon Kraft, who has no intention of bringing her in alive. In the end, after she destroys the painting of Danielle Robitaille (which, in turn, destroys the goodness of the accursed spirit of the Candyman), Caroline soon finally destroys the legend for good by telling Detective Jamal Matthews that Kraft himself was the Candyman after he tried to kill both her and David de La Paz with a hook before being shot in the back by Detective Matthews.
This direct sequel to the original Candyman introduces the concept that the Candyman myth is an amalgamation of the stories of multiple black men who were the victims of racist brutality, allowing different iterations of the character to exist as one.
28 years after the first film, painter Anthony McCoy is drawn to the ruins of the now gentrified projects looking for inspiration. He is stung by a bee and meets a former resident named Burke who tells him the story of Candyman, and his own version which was based on a man he knew when he was a boy in the late ’70s named Sherman Fields. Sherman was a simple man with a prosthetic hook for a hand who gave the local children candy. When a razor blade was found in a piece of candy, police suspected Sherman and hunted him, eventually finding him in the basement of one of the project buildings where they viciously beat him to death. Weeks after Sherman's death, more razor blades show up in candy, proving that Sherman was innocent.
Anthony is drawn to the story, and as he incorporates it into his art people begin to summon Candyman again, leading to the killer's resurgence. As Anthony is haunted by visions of Sherman as the Candyman, the bee sting on his hand becomes infected and spreads up his arm, eventually covering half of his face. He eventually visits the local hospital to seek treatment and is surprised to discover that contrary to what he believed, he was born there, near Cabrini-Green.
Anthony confronts his mother, Anne-Marie McCoy, who reveals he was the child the Candyman had chosen as a sacrifice to renew his legend, who Helen had saved all those years ago. She kept this from him to keep him safe, and the residents of the area had sworn to never speak of the Candyman again, leading to his near 30-year absence. Anthony leaves to find Burke, the man who broke that pact.
It's revealed that Burke, sick of the gentrification of the projects as well as the ongoing racist abuse suffered by black people across America, knew who Anthony was and decided to use him to reignite and re-interpret the Candyman to take vengeance against the world. He places a fake call to the police, alleging Anthony is responsible for the recent attacks and is trying to kill him, before cutting off Anthony's infected hand, attaching a hook to the stump, and adorning him in the trademark fur coat of the Candyman.
Despite Anthony's girlfriend Brianna managing to save him from Burke, killing him in the process, when the police arrive at the scene they murder Anthony as he lays defenseless in her arms.
When an officer attempts to blackmail Brianna into backing up their story that Anthony had attacked the police officer first, she summons Anthony, now the Candyman, who proceeds to slaughter all the police at the scene. His appearance shifts between that of the many black men the story of Candyman has been based on, before finally appearing to Brianna as the original and first Candyman, Daniel Robitaille, as he commands her "Tell everyone."
Powers and Abilities
- Sharp Hook: Candyman's main weapon is his hook in replacement of his right hand, capable of using it to kill, butcher, mutilate and slaughter his victims.
- Superhuman Strength: Candyman possesses superhuman strength, able to throw his victims through walls with little effort.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Extreme tolerance for pain and cellular regeneration makes Candyman almost impossible to injure.
- Superhuman Speed: Candyman is capable of moving at speeds beyond human levels in the blink of an eye.
- Teleportation: Candyman has the power to teleport to any location at great distances as well as phase through walls for wherever his victims ran, he was already there before they got here.
- Immortality: Candyman is well known to be immortal because he has been around for centuries and does not age or need food and water to survive.
- Regenerative Healing Factor: Candyman is revealed to have an extremely effective regenerative healing factor, making him incredibly hard to kill, which was shown when Annie ran out the room.
- Bee Control: Candyman has the ability to control a massive swarm of bees that live within his very being, shown when he covered an entire city with killer bees.
- Flight/Levitation: Candyman possesses the ability to fly or even levitate.
- Telekinesis: Candyman is shown to have some form of telekinesis as he is able to levitate, move, immobilize, and manipulate objects with his mind.
- Invisibility: Candyman has the power to render himself invisible to the naked eye.
- Mirrors and Portraits: Mirrors that contain Candyman's soul are the secret of his power. If mirrors are destroyed, he will cease to exist. If this fails, destroying Candyman's paintings, particularly burning his self-portraits, damages him physically.
- The character is based on a merging of several urban legends and folktales, most notably Bloody Mary and the Hook Killer.