Tony Todd IS the Candyman. I cannot imagine another individual playing the Candyman nor demanding the attention that Todd’s aura of charisma permeates. Tony Todd is a brother with class and that is a true rarity. Nothing is more disgusting than a group of illiterate black gangstas except the fact that degenerate whites see them as their idols. If a self-loathing honky is going to find his role models in colored folks, at least they can idolize a black man that deserves respect like Tony Todd. Then again, Tony Todd preys on the “lesser” of his own people in Candyman.
Despite only being in the film for a handful of scenes, Tony Todd dominates Candyman with his performance. The Candyman, unlike most slasher killers, was an innocent during his life. The son of the slave, he surprisingly became an artist and great painter. His talents ultimately led to his demise when he impregnated a white woman who was one of his paintings subjects. The Candyman was a man that overcame the discrimination put against him only to be eventually killed.
The Candyman haunts an area full of the most pathetic and unsuccessful of his own people. Though his talents led to his destruction, he hates his own people because of their lack of self-determination and failure. The Candyman is a much more complex slasher killer than people want to give him credit for. The Candyman is the ghostly reminder of a group of people that never brought themselves up whether it be because of prejudice (everyone’s favorite excuse) or collective failure.
Another sequel to the Candyman series is scheduled for 2011. This will be interesting as the series it set-in New Orleans, the area devastated by hurricane Katrina. Was hurricane Katrina one of the fruits of the Candyman’s hatred towards his own people? I wouldn’t be surprised as the people of New Orleans haven’t been proactive about rebuilding their hometowns. It must be a conspiracy of whitey and The Candyman lurking in the shadows.