An urban legend or urban myth is a modern folklore consisting of stories often
thought to be factual by those circulating them. (The term is often used with a
meaning similar to that of the expression "apocryphal story"). Urban legends are
not necessarily untrue, but they are often distorted, exaggerated, or
sensationalized. Despite the name, a typical urban legend does not necessarily
originate in an urban setting. The term is designed to differentiate them from
traditional folklore in preindustrial times.
Some urban legends have survived a long time, evolving only slightly over the
years, as in the case of the sto website a fine example of an unrban myth is
that of Candyman.......
The legend first appeared
in 1890. His real name was Daniel Robitaille and he was born in
Los Angeles to parents who were slaves. His father amassed
a considerable fortune after the civil war, and sent his son to
all the best schools and grew up in high society. He had a prestigious
talent as an artist and was much sought after. In this latter capacity
he was commissioned by a wealthy landowner to capture his daughter,
Caroline Sullivan, virginal beauty. Well the couple fell deeply
in love and she became pregnant, yet the father of this girl executed
a terrible revenge against him....
He paid a pack of brutal hooligans to carry
out the deed, tracking him down and chasing him through town and
all the way to Cabrini Green, where first and foremost they proceeded
to saw of his right hand with a rusty blade...and noľone helped
Daniel. However this was just the beginning. Near by there was an
apiary containing dozens of hives filled with angry bees...the angry
mob smashed the hives, stealing the honeycomb and smearing it all
over his naked body. He was stung to death by the angry bees, his
body burned on a giant fire and his ashes scattered across Cabrini
Green. It would seem that Daniel Robitaille died for love.
His resurrection began as rumour, and grew
into myth, which escalated in deprived, desperate areas. This is
made evident by Candyman's own words...'I am the writing on the
walls..the whispers in the classroom, without these things I am
nothing.' All you have to do is say his name in the mirror
five times and he will appear. It is said that sorrow and hate fill
his eyes, and bees buzz around his lips.....
And so we come to this set of films - not
of course based on the urban legend of the Candman....but I think
you get the picture of the role played by an urban legend.....