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(1992)

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The bees were bred specifically for this movie. They needed to make sure that the bees were only 12 hours old so that they looked like mature bees, but their stinger wouldn't be powerful enough to do any real damage.
Exterior, hallway and stairway scenes were actually filmed for a few days in the infamous Cabrini-Green housing projects, though the producers had to make a deal with the ruling gang members to put them in the movie as extras to ensure the cast and crew's safety during filming. Even with this arrangement, a sniper put a bullet through the production van on the last day of filming, though no one was injured.
The architecture flaw of the medicine chests and people being able to sneak in, is something that Bernard Rose discovered in his research for the film and there was actually a series of murders that were committed this way.
Tony Todd was stung by bees 23 times during the space of the Candyman trilogy.
On the DVD commentary, Alan Poul said that had Virginia Madsen been unavailable, the part of Helen would have most likely gone to the then unknown Sandra Bullock.
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!"
Virginia Madsen is allergic to bees, so an ambulance was always on set while filming the bee sequence.
"Sweets to the Sweet" which is written at the crime scenes, is a line from William Shakespeare's Hamlet.
Philip Glass was asked by director Bernard Rose to compose a score for his film "Candyman". Glass accepted and wrote a "gothic" score for chorus and pipe organ. The final version of the film was a disappointment to Glass. He felt that he had been manipulated. What was presented to him as a low budget independent project with creative integrity became (in his opinion) a low budget Hollywood slasher flick. As a result, Glass witheld his consent for the release of the recordings of the score for years, until 2001.
Virginia Madsen claims that she was hypnotized for some of the film's scenes.
Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
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There is a Guy Fawkes mask hanging next to Helen's bathroom mirror. Fawkes is an infamous figure in English history (perhaps an allusion to the source novella which is set in England), who attempted to blow up the English Parliament on November 5, 1605. Guy Fawkes Day was traditionally celebrated by lighting bonfires and burning Fawkes in effigy, although this practice has been curtailed in recent years by the fire department.
Kasi Lemmons plays the best friend here, Bernadette. She played the best friend in another slasher movie before this, Silence of the Lambs.
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There was infact a Candyman killer in real life. Dean Corill was a serial killer in the Houston Texas area who raped and murdered a number of boys from 1970 to 1973. He would lure children into his home using candy from his family's factory; so the media dubbed him the 'Candyman'.
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Sammy Davis Junior scored a top ten hit with Candyman.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Real bees were actually put into Tony Todd's mouth while they where shooting the climax. His only protection was a mouth guard that kept him from having the bees go down his throat.
Eddie Murphy was considered for the title role, but was deemed too short at 5'9. They chose Tony Todd for his height at 6'5.

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