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Candyman (1992)

R  |   |  Drama, Horror, Thriller  |  16 October 1992 (USA)
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The Candyman, a murderous soul with a hook for a hand, is accidentally summoned to reality by a skeptic grad student researching the monster's myth.



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Helen Lyle is a student who decides to write a thesis about local legends and myths. She visits a part of the town, where she learns about the legend of the Candyman, a one-armed man who appears when you say his name five times, in front of a mirror. Of course, Helen doesn't believe all this stuff, but the people of the area are really afraid. When she ignores their warnings and begins her investigation in the places that he is rumored to appear, a series of horrible murders begins. Could the legend be true? Written by Chris Makrozahopoulos <>

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You don't have to believe... just beware. See more »


Drama | Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and gore | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 October 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Clive Barker's Candyman  »

Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)


$25,792,310 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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In a August 2011 interview with Cindy Pearlman of the Chicago Sun Times Tony Todd stated "I'll never forget that I filmed that movie in a building on the South Side of Chicago. Building 116. Unit C," he says. "That's the Candyman pad!" See more »


Helen has a bath after returning from the police station, she gets out and her hair is wet. She looks at some of the slides she took, seeming to take only a minute or two to do this, and then turns off the machine. When she stands up to open the curtains, her hair is perfectly dry. See more »


[first lines]
Candyman: They will say that I have shed innocent blood. What's blood for, if not for shedding?
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Written by Vangelis and Jon Anderson
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Beware of the medicine cabinet!
21 October 2004 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

As far as horror films go, this movie will scare the living daylights out of anyone! Clive Barker's novel "The Forgotten" is the basis for this picture that shows a lot of style under the direction of Bernard Rose. This nightmarish tale is translated for the screen by the author and its director.

The two principals, Helen, brilliantly played by the gorgeous Virginia Madsen, and Tony Todd, as the Candyman, enhance the picture. Ms. Madsen plays Helen the student finishing her thesis in urban legends. She makes the mistake of going to the projects to do some research, only to learn much more of what really happened at the scene of the crime. Helen tempts the Candyman. He comes back to haunt her as we discover that this is a story that is being replayed and must have a closure. Tony Todd makes a smashing appearance and runs away with the movie.

The special effects are cleverly done. The brilliant costumes by Leonard Pollack add a touch of class to the proceedings.

This is a film to watch with someone, as it can cause nightmares for a long, long time.

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