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Candyman (1992)

R  |   |  Drama, Horror  |  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 <makzax@hotmail.com>

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


Drama | Horror

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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  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)


$25,792,310 (USA)

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Did You Know?


Tony Todd was stung by Bees 23 times during the space of the Candyman trilogy See more »


When Helen goes back to save the baby she originally has on black shoes but when she climbs through the wall, her shoes are blue. 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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Featured in Clive Barker: Raising Hell (2004) See more »


Written by Vangelis and Jon Anderson
Performed by Moodswings
Featuring the voice of Chrissie Hynde
Courtesy of Arista Records Inc. / BMG Eurodisc Ltd
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A film that truly belongs in line with the other genre greats
21 July 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

We've all heard urban legends, just about every town seems to have a few. The questions of course is whether or not any of them are based on fact. There's the old favorite about the couple in a parked car harassed by a man with a hook, but did that really happen? It sure makes a good premise for a Horror movie and has been done a number of times, though not always successfully. The most recent example is of course the 'Urban Legend' series of films, which started pretty decent, but quickly became tired. A few years prior came a film that not only brought urban legends to the screen, but made many afraid to look into a mirror for a long time, including yours truly.

Pros: Solid performances. Another terrific directing job by Bernard Rose. Phillip Glass's score is both beautiful and haunting. Beautiful cinematography. Great script. Terrifying villain that fortunately doesn't spout one-liners. Well-paced. Suspenseful. Some really powerful scares.

Cons: The last few moments really weren't needed and actually cheapen the film a tiny bit.

Final thoughts: Many say 'The Exorcist' is the scariest film they've ever seen. That film certainly effected me the first time I saw it, but not nearly as much as this one. It would be years before I was OK with being alone in the bathroom alone at night. Any movie that has that kind of effect on a person must be pretty darn scary. 'Candyman' is without question one of the greatest Horror films of not only the 1990s, but period.

My rating: 4.5/5

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