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16 October 1992 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Virginia Madsen ... Helen Lyle

Tony Todd ... The Candyman / Daniel Robitaille

Xander Berkeley ... Trevor Lyle

Kasi Lemmons ... Bernadette 'Bernie' Walsh

Vanessa Williams ... Anne-Marie McCoy
DeJuan Guy ... Jake
Marianna Elliott ... Clara (as Marianna Eliott)

Ted Raimi ... Billy
Ria Pavia ... Monica
Mark Daniels ... Student
Lisa Ann Poggi ... Diane
Adam Philipson ... Danny

Eric Edwards ... Harold
Carolyn Lowery ... Stacey
Barbara Alston ... Henrietta Mosely
Sarina C. Grant ... Kitty Culver (as Sarina Grant)
Latesha Martin ... Baby Anthony
Lanesha Martin ... Baby Anthony

Michael Culkin ... Professor Philip Purcell

Bernard Rose ... Archie Walsh
Glenda Starr Kelly ... Crying Mother
Kenneth A. Brown ... Castrated Boy
Caesar Brown ... Tough Guy
Terrence Riggins ... Gang Leader
Gilbert Lewis ... Detective Frank Valento

Rusty Schwimmer ... Policewoman
Baxter Harris ... Detective
John Rensenhouse ... Attorney
Mika Quintard ... T.V. Reporter
Doug MacHugh ... 1st Orderly
Carol Harris ... 2nd Orderly

Stanley DeSantis ... Dr. Burke

Diane Peterson ... Nurse
Michael Laren ... Priest (as Michael Wilhelm)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Fred Sanders ... Cop (uncredited)

Caron Strong ... Nurse (uncredited)
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Directed by
Bernard Rose 
Writing credits
Clive Barker (story "The Forbidden")

Bernard Rose (written by)

Produced by
Clive Barker .... executive producer
Steve Golin .... producer
Gregory Goodman .... line producer
Alan Poul .... producer
Sigurjon Sighvatsson .... producer
Original Music by
Philip Glass 
Cinematography by
Anthony B. Richmond (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Dan Rae 
Casting by
Jane Alderman 
Jason La Padura 
Production Design by
Jane Ann Stewart 
Art Direction by
David Lazan 
Mick Strawn (uncredited)
Set Decoration by
Kathryn Peters 
Costume Design by
Leonard Pollack 
Makeup Department
Michelle Bühler .... key makeup artist
Mark Coulier .... special makeup effects senior artist
Denise Dellavalle .... assistant hair stylist (as Denise Della Valle)
Denise Dellavalle .... assistant makeup artist (as Denise Della Valle)
Bob Keen .... special makeup effects
Dave Keen .... special makeup effects senior technician
Erma Kent .... key hair stylist
Gary J. Tunnicliffe .... special makeup effects supervisor
Joseph Schultz .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Scott Carleton .... post-production supervisor
Tim Clawson .... executive in charge of production
Gregory Cundiff .... unit production manager
Billy Higgins .... production supervisor: Chicago
Charlene Norman .... unit manager: Chicago
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Brian W. Boyd .... second second assistant director
Marcei A. Brown .... second assistant director (as Marcei A. Brubaker)
Suzanne Haasis .... second assistant director
Peggy Hughes .... second second assistant director
David K. Riebel .... second second assistant director
Thomas Patrick Smith .... first assistant director
Art Department
David E. Abrego .... carpenter
Vernon Ambros .... carpenter
Luanne Anders .... swing gang
Bruce Bellamy .... on-set dresser
Michael Biggie .... painter
Will Blount .... property master
Gary L. Brennan .... carpenter
Glenn M. Carrere .... swing gang
Monica Castro .... property assistant (as Monica Ragan)
David L. Cole .... propmaker carpenter (as David Cole)
Maria C. Connors .... assistant art director
Lyn William Corey .... on-set carpenter
John Coven .... illustrator
Kelly Deco .... scenic paint foreman
Lisa Denker .... swing gang
Jack Eberhart .... lead man (as Jack Eberhardt)
Phillip Ellman .... property lead: Chicago
Wayne Frierson .... swing gang
Sean Hargreaves .... illustrator
Aaron J. Harney .... carpenter
Leza Ingalls .... painter
Max Jones .... assistant art director: Chicago
Dannen King .... painter
Kate C. Lewis .... painter
Ray Maxwell .... carpenter
Chris Anthony Miller .... assistant art director
Douglas Morton .... art department coordinator
Leland Orvis .... carpenter
Donald B. Osborne .... swing gang
Joel Osborne .... lead man
Jaimie Sarra .... art department assistant
Philip Stone .... carpenter (as Phillip Fiske Stone III)
Mick Strawn .... art department supervisor
John 'Skip' Weaver .... assistant props
Wendy Weaver .... assistant set decorator
R.D. Wegener .... apprentice carpenter
Andy Werderitsch .... assistant art director: Chicago
Robert Brent Wert .... carpenter
Bradely Paul Wisham .... lead man carpenter
David B. Clark .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Jarris A.H.V. Vonzombie .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Sound Department
Flavia Amon .... assistant sound editor
Michael Barry .... sound re-recording mixer
David Bartholoman .... assistant foley editor
Bruce A. Block .... stage engineer (as Bruce Block)
Allan Bond .... adr recordist
Peter S. Carlstedt .... dialogue editor
Hayden Clement .... assistant sound editor
Oliver Euckner .... second boom operator
Laura Fried .... sound engineer
Scott Ganary .... adr mixer
Tommy Goodwin .... foley mixer
Mark Harris .... machine operator
Ellen Heuer .... foley artist
Nigel Holland .... sound designer
Nigel Holland .... sound supervisor
Leonard Marcel .... sound supervisor
Jeremy Pitts .... assistant dialogue editor
Robert Polich .... boom operator
Ken S. Polk .... sound re-recording mixer
Anne Pope .... sound engineer
Charleen Richards .... adr mixer
Joan Rowe .... foley artist
Sean Rowe .... foley artist
Charles Ewing Smith .... sound supervisor (as Chuck Smith)
Steve F.B. Smith .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Greg Steele .... sound recordist
Reinhard Stergar .... sound mixer
Tami Treadwell .... foley recordist
Ben Wilkins .... synclavier operator
Special Effects by
Martin Bresin .... special effects
Dale Ettema .... special effects
Steven Carlton Ficke .... special effects
Don Hastings .... special effects
Jeffrey Knott .... special effects
Brian Latt .... special effects
Scott Sand .... special effects
Nikolai Galitzine .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Paul Meehan .... special effects crew (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
William Cruse .... visual effects supervisor
Joshua Culp .... visual effects art director
Dave Elsey .... image animation crew
Nikolai Galitzine .... image animation crew
Tom McLaughlin .... image animation crew
Martin L. Mercer .... image animation crew (as Martin Mercer)
Jason Reed .... image animation crew
W. Dale Russell .... optical effects supervisor
Paul Spateri .... image animation crew
Phil Chong .... stunts
Marian Green .... stunts
Debby Lynn Ross .... stunts (as Debbie Lynn Ross)
Walter Scott .... stunt coordinator
William Washington .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Aranda .... dolly grip
Huston Beaumont .... best boy electric
Jeffrey De La Rosa .... electrician (as Jeff De La Rosa)
Doug Dole .... key grip
Mark Fellman .... still photographer
Michael Ferris .... additional camera operator
Robert Forrest .... dolly grip
Kirk R. Gardner .... Steadicam operator
Steve Irwin .... video playback operator
Ellis M. James .... best boy grip
Rory Robert Knepp .... first assistant camera (as Rory Knepp)
Timberlake Lewis .... camera loader
Russ Lyster .... gaffer
Peter McAdams .... grip
Randy Nolen .... Steadicam operator
Marie Pedersen .... Steadicam assistant
Michael Retzer .... key grip
Bill Riley .... best boy grip
Tim Silverberg .... electrician
Paul Sterling .... video assistant
Dan Strickland .... gaffer
Michael Sudmeier .... electrician (as Mike Sudmeier)
Don Tomei .... best boy electric
David J. White II .... second assistant camera (as David White)
Paul Wilkowsky .... grip
Gary Wills .... camera loader: Chicago
John Armstrong .... generator operator (uncredited)
Todd R. Beveridge .... camera loader (uncredited)
Jules Labarthe .... rigging gaffer (uncredited)
Jerry L. Mandley .... electrician (uncredited)
James B. Walsh .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
Catherine Jane Holzer .... extras casting (as Catherine Holzer-Ballowe)
Jan McGill .... casting associate
Anna Camille Miller .... extras casting (as Anna Miller)
Mark A. Ridge .... extras casting
Barbara L. Roche .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Susan Kaufmann .... wardrobe lead: Chicago (as Sue Kaufman)
Gail McMullen .... assistant costume designer
Julia Schklair .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Scott Biddle .... apprentice editor
Camille Bourque .... second assistant editor
Vanessa Brahms .... apprentice editor
Glenn Kiser .... post-production coordinator
Michelle Pazer .... first assistant editor
William Pine .... film timer (as Bill Pine)
Music Department
Rory Johnston .... executive music producer
Kurt Munkacsi .... musical score producer
Michael Riesman .... music arranger
Transportation Department
Calvin Chin .... transportation captain: Chicago
Richard Deangelo .... transportation coordinator: Chicago (as Richard De Angelo)
Don Feeney .... driver
Joe Feeney .... transportation coordinator
Alan Kaminsky .... driver
Skip Knight .... driver
Don Mancini .... driver
James 'Obee' Oberman .... driver
William E. Palmer .... transportation captain (as William Palmer)
Other crew
Sharon Ainsberg .... administrator
Michael Amter .... production assistant
Rachel Atkinson .... script supervisor
Michelle Balog .... production intern
Lisa Barratt .... production coordinator: Chicago
Allen Blaisdell .... process effects supervisor
Jody Boghosian .... set medic
Louise Bower .... child wellfare
Richard Brooks Burton .... gyrosphere technician
Michelle Colbert .... production coordinator
Jeanette D. Connolly .... assistant auditor
Sudi Davis .... paramedic: Chicago crew
Bill Dumas .... production intern
Bruce Robert Fahr .... stage manager (as Bruce Fahr)
Elaine Fiona Ferguson .... production coordinator
Virgil Fornas .... child wellfare
Gregory French .... production assistant: Chicago (as Gregory M. French)
Norman Gary .... bee wrangler
Julie Golden .... location assistant: Chicago
Mel Greenleaf .... assistant bee wrangler
Joe Hannah .... catering: Chicago
Julie Hansen .... post-production accountant
Regina Hinton .... assistant: Mr. Rose
Katrin Ingvadottir .... production intern
Suzanne E. Krocker .... accounting assistant: Chicago
Donna Lee .... child wellfare
William Lybeer .... craft service (as Bill Lybeer)
Nick Manno .... craft service: Chicago
Heather McCorkindale .... production assistant
Brian McMillan .... head animal trainer
W. Mark McNair .... production auditor
David B. Nowell .... gyrosphere operator (as David Nowel)
Carl Paoli .... production assistant: Chicago
Larry Ring .... location assistant
Elena J. Robinson .... assistant coordinator
Tino Sage .... production assistant
Jennifer Smith .... assistant: Mr. Rose
Rick Smith .... production assistant: Chicago
Richard Stockmon .... production assistant
Henrietta Thompson .... consultant: Chicago
Kristinn Thordarson .... production assistant
Beth Tyler .... production assistant: Chicago
Lynn Weimer .... script consultant
Jonathan Wiedemann .... production associate
Boyd Wilson .... location manager (as Boyd H. Wilson)
Eliot Winks .... assistant: Mr. Poul
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc .... helicopter pilot
Shari Sontag .... accounting assistant (uncredited)
Jeffrey D. Stevens .... set medic (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Clive Barker's Candyman" - USA (complete title)
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Rated R for violence and gore
99 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Eddie Murphy was considered for the title role.See more »
Factual errors: During the course of the movie, we hear bells release classes and we see lockers. "Candyman" is set at a university, so there wouldn't be bells or lockers.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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38 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
A spooky, but also well thought out tale!, 2 September 2005
Author: lost-in-limbo from the Mad Hatter's tea party.

Helen Lyle (Virginia Madsen) doctoral student, and wife of a collage professor, is doing research on urban legends and mythological folklore for her school thesis. Though, there is one legend which gets her attention and leads her to rundown housing block where the residents believe that the murders that took place there were done by the hook-handed serial killer The Candyman (Tony Todd). A mysterious figure that can be summoned by repeating his name five times while looking in the mirror. Which Helen does and now her life turns into horrifying nightmare, which teeters between reality and myth, as she gets closer to the truth about the Candyman.

Second time around and this memorable piece hasn't lost any of its effect. It's not only a incredibly brood horror film that manages to create an creeping/ingenious plot with such an unsettling physiological tone, but also providing some generally horrific shocks that creep up on you and aren't for the squeamish. So, it's far from your normal slasher and it just doesn't concentrate on the violence for a change. Not only does the plot build on this mystical legend constructively, but also there's also some solid social commentary on the mindset towards race and sex, which added more to this cleverly layered plot (or should I say tragic love story). What is so great about the screenplay is that you yourself feel apprehensive to what's happening to the protagonist and to where this story is heading by playing on what people believe and how these believes can overcome them. Plus it makes great use of the Chicago's gloomy surroundings. Not only does the film have substance, but also style to boot. The direction by Bernard Rose is quite brilliant, with Rose superbly mixing visuals that gel myth and reality superbly. Particularly the well-crafted encounters between Helen and the Candyman - these sequences were incredibly hair-raising. He creates such a glum and dark atmosphere within these rundown buildings filled with vibrant artwork, the richly layered aura goes hand-to-hand with the moody legend. The slow pacing of the film is perfect; there are no tedious blotches because you are totally wrapped in the story and by the delightful performances. The death toll isn't big, but there are some real gruesome deaths, with A LOT blood. The make-up and special effects are extremely thoughtful and inventive. Phillip Glass' extremely effective score deserves such high praise. Soothing, but also haunting and was incredibly effective towards building towards such an almighty blow. Another bonus was the smooth as silk camera-work; it captured the balanced layout of Chicago with plenty of stunning Ariel shots (great intro). Overall, I was just amazed by this beautifully planned production.

What a horror icon! Tony Todd totally nails down such a terrifying and profound performance as the mythical being The Candyman. I believe this horror character totally wipes the floor clean of the other icons of its genre and who created him? No other than from the dark mind of Clive Baker (Hellraiser), who brings this frightening thriller alive, which is basically based on Baker's short story - The Forbidden. He came up with a unique horror character that's downright unnerving, completely authentic and has a lot of depth. But Tony Todd's towering figure and eerie voice has a lot to owe to that and to make one tremble in his presence! Virginia Madsen gives a stellar performance as Helen Lyle, who we really do care for her and feel what she is feeling. Good supporting roles from Xander Berkley as Helen's Husband, Kasi Lemmons as her friend/student who's also working with her their thesis and Vanessa Williams as Anne-Marie McCoy who lives in the rundown estate. The dialogue was packed with depth, but also laced with interesting topics and Todd's lines were pretty much poetic and smooth.

The one and only "small" negative would be the ending for me. I was somewhat let down by the second ending and I thought maybe it could've done without it. It just felt tact on. Anyhow it didn't stop it from being damn right creepy and it does pack a real unsteadiness.

To get in the mood of it, I say it's definitely a film to watch late at night… alone.

One of the clever horror films (if not the best) of that disappointing decade they call the '90s for horror films. If you're looking for a serious horror (before Scream's imitators made a mockery of the slasher sub-genre), I highly recommend this provocative slasher that doesn't cop out the audience.

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