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.

Director:

Bernard Rose

Writers:

Clive Barker (based on "The Forbidden" by), Bernard Rose
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 DeJuan Guy ... Jake
Marianna Elliott ... Clara (as Marianna Eliott)
Ted Raimi ... Billy
Ria Pavia ... Monica
Mark Daniels Mark Daniels ... Student
Lisa Ann Poggi Lisa Ann Poggi ... Diane
Adam Philipson Adam Philipson ... Danny
Eric Edwards ... Harold
Carolyn Lowery ... Stacey
Barbara Alston Barbara Alston ... Henrietta Mosely
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Storyline

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 »

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Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and gore | See all certifications »

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Virginia Madsen was friends with director Bernard Rose and his then-wife, Alexandra Pigg, and Madsen was originally to play the role of Helen's friend Bernadette while Pigg was to play Helen. The choice was then made to make the character of Bernadette African American so Madsen lost the part. As shooting was about to commence, Pigg discovered that she was pregnant, so the role of Helen was offered to Madsen. See more »

Goofs

When Helen is first admitted to the mental hospital, she screams that Candyman is there. The doctor & the orderlies rush in and give her medication. When Helen & the doctor view the security camera later, the events & dialogue are out of sequence. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Candyman: [Candyman narrating over the swarm of bees] They will say that I have shed innocent blood. What's blood for if not for shedding? With my hook for a hand, I'll split you from your groin to your gullet. I came for you.
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Alternate Versions

Although the versions shown on Channel 4 TV and released on UK VHS video were completely uncut all DVD releases (including the 2006 Collector's Edition) feature the pre-cut R-rated US print. This version edits the killing of the psychiatrist by Candyman and shortens scenes of blood spurting towards Helen's face. See more »

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STATE OF INDEPENDENCE
(uncredited)
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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Adult horror strikes back
18 May 1999 | by SteevhSee all my reviews

Deeply disturbing, intelligently made and without a screaming teen in sight, 'Candyman' is one of the stand-out horror movies of the decade.

To just list all the elements that make this one of the classiest genre efforts of recent years would probably take up most of the thousand words I am allowed here. Suffice to say, it has a genuinely uncomfortable premise, uncompromising execution and a bone jarringly lonely score by Philip Glass. Tony Todd is exceptional as the hollow-voiced titular creature; a lost soul brought to life by the whispers of myth. At once heartbreaking and terrifying this could be the definitive latter day horror movie monster- if it wasn't just that little bit too close to Hellraiser's Pinhead. But, when you have a winning combination of elegance and disgust in a verbose, cultured villain, why alter it too much?

Virginia Madsen convinces totally as Helen; and you can almost see all the cast acting their little socks off so as not to let the side down. So good, in fact, that I'm struggling to find one bad thing to say about it.

I read here, that in the eyes of one viewer, it "dwells on the nastier things in life" and wasn't a "nice film". I can think of no greater compliment for a truly adult horror movie. No dear, you won't find happy teens in pastel t-shirts having slumber parties and discussing trendy scary movies, while some rap star tries to sell records on the soundtrack. This is a grown up film for grown up people. There is a reason horror films are for adults, and that reason is 'Candyman'.


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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Clive Barker's Candyman See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,404,320, 18 October 1992

Gross USA:

$25,792,310

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,795,897
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1.85 : 1
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