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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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DeJuan Guy ...
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Adam Philipson ...
Carolyn Lowery ...
Barbara Alston ...


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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From The Chilling Imagination Of Clive Barker. See more »


Drama | Horror

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  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)


$25,792,310 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Virginia Madsen claims that she was hypnotized for some of the film's scenes. 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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Referenced in Inside Amy Schumer: Tyler Perry's Episode (2014) 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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Who wants candy now, huh? Didn't think so…
6 October 2005 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

A strong contender for the title of best horror film of the 1990's, Bernard Rose's "Candyman" is a very faithful (and therefore truly scary) adaptation of Clive Barker's skin crawling short story. This film features a very rare and successful combination of both creepy atmosphere and visual ingeniousness. Whereas most movies (especially during the 90's) can hardly focus on any of these essential horror elements, Bernard Rose masterfully succeeds in stuffing his film with genuine tension as well as shocking gore-images. The plot centers on doctoral student Helen (underrated actress Virginia Madsen in her best role) who becomes obsessed with the urban legend of a hook-handed killer that terrorizes the pauperized ghettos of the nearby Cabrini Green. Needless to say that the Candyman-myth gets a little too realistic for Helen, as everyone she comes into contact with ends up being brutally killed with a hook. The script is intelligent and always several steps ahead of you, the eerie musical guidance is brilliant and the make-up effects are fantastically gruesome. Tony Todd is ideally cast as the bogeyman, with his strong posture and – above all – incredibly frightening voice. The legend behind his character is staggering and it's beautiful to see how director Rose plays with the realism and surrealism of Barker's basic idea. Not many horror films of the 90's decade come with my highest possible recommendation, but this one definitely does. And don't forget, the Candyman CAN…rip you to pieces!

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