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- Eddie Murphy was considered for the Candyman role but the studio couldn't afford him. The part was given to Todd, who was a lesser known actor at the time.
- Real bees, not CGI replicas, were used in the original film. Dental dam was placed in Todd's mouth to keep them from going down his throat. He was paid an extra $1,000 for each bite, which, reportedly varied from 23 to 26 stings.
- There was an actual killer dubbed, The Candy Man. Between 1970 and 1973, Dean Corll, kidnapped, raped and murdered up to 28 boys in Houston, Texas. The press gave him his name after discovering he worked at a candy factory.
- In the 1992 film, the cast was escorted by undercover cops. It was filmed on the grounds of Chicago's Cabrini Green housing project, which had a notorious reputation for drugs and gang violence. Some residents were even featured as extras in the film.
- While filming, the crew learned there was an actual killer that committed a series of murders in the area, including the death of Ruthie Mae McCoy. He entered her home through the wall of an adjoining apartment. The killer's tactic was incorporated into the film. The character Ruthie Jean is named in her honor.
- Like Candyman, Bloody Mary appears in a mirror when you repeat her name several times. Ironically, Todd played a suspected, killer clown who battled the infamous urban legend figure in the Nite Tales (2008) anthology titled, Storm.
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What happened to the film, Zebra Murders: A Season of Killings, Racial Murders & Civil Rights?
Has it been shelved? Or, is it still under development?
There hasn't been any buzz about it since it was announced that Jaimie Foxx was attached to the Dreamworks project.
That was back in 2007.
The film is supposed to be based on a series of black-on-white homicides that took place in San Francisco from October 1973 to April 1974.
They became known as the zebra murders because zebra is phonetically used for the letter "z."
Also, the police task force used a "Z" radio frequency for communication.
At the height of the mayhem, Zebra Killer, a 1974 film directed by William Gilder, fueled racial rumors about the case.
Also known as the Get-Man, it depicted a white serial killer - wearing black make-up and an afro wig - on a killing spree in San Francisco.
A crime stoppers tip eventually led to arrests.
One of the participants snitched on the others in exchange for immunity and the $30,000 reward.
Calling themselves "death angels," four black muslims - Manuel Moore, Larry Green, Jessie Cooks and J.C. X. Simon - received life sentences for killing 15 people and wounding eight others.
They were linked to up to 73 deaths but a lack of evidence could not tie them to all of the murders.
Green and Cooks, the remaining living defendants, were denied parole earlier this year.
Below are a list of racially charged films that did make it to the big screen:
Blue Caprice (2013), which, ironically, was based on John Muhammad, a black muslim who was dubbed the D.C. Sniper after committing a series of fatal shootings in 2002.
Fight For Your Life (1977), a film about a black family held captive by white convicts after escaping from prison.
Night of the Living Dead (1968), is the first installment of George Romero's "Dead" films. It's touted as a landmark movie on race relations and depicts a black man surviving a viral outbreak, but, is killed by zombie hunters - depicted as the powers-that-be - after emerging from his hiding place.
Tales From the Hood (1995), is an anthology of stories dealing with racism, abuse and gang violence.
The Purge (2013), is about citizens getting a 12-hour, government sanctioned pass to commit murder. All of the films in this franchise are excellent. Take your pick.
The Thing With Two Heads (1972), is a movie where a transplant operation goes awry, resulting in a white racist getting a black man's head attached to his shoulder.
They Live (1988) is John Carpenter's film about consumerism and divisiveness. A black and white duo spot aliens through special sunglasses and are on a quest to stop them from systematically taking over the world via subliminal marketing messages.
(Movie poster image courtesy of IMDb)
- Tracie Reddick
I am a reporter by trade. About a decade ago, I started feeling like Bill Murray in Ground Hog Day. I had a huge yearning to do something mo...