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In one sequence, the R-Rated version features some alternate, slightly more harmless shots than the unrated version. A detailed comparison between both versions can be found here.
This has never been clearly explained in the film. The theories among most fans are that Candyman wants Helen to join him because she either reminds him of the girl he impregnated in his own lifetime, or because she is a reincarnation of his girlfriend. Neither of those theories have ever been officially confirmed as being correct.
No, it's based on a fictional short story called 'The Forbidden' , authored by Clive Barker. There are a few similar urban legends out there, like the legend of Bloody Mary, but Candyman isn't based on any true cases.
The book was very different from the film, so a future book adaptation could very well be a possibility, but no adaptations or remakes have been announced as of 2015.
Candyman was stung to death by bees in an apiary while he ran from a group of racist men after impregnating a white girl. The bees are just part of his urban legend identity.
He has a hook for a hand because his hand was cut off during his lifetime (the film never explains where he got the hook). He always disembowels people with the hook because it's part of the urban legend, and also because it made the film more scary and disturbing for viewers.
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