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Candyman (1992)

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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.


Bernard Rose


Clive Barker (based on "The Forbidden" by), Bernard Rose
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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 ... Jake
Marianna Elliott ... Clara (as Marianna Eliott)
Ted Raimi ... Billy
Ria Pavia 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 Carolyn Lowery ... Stacey
Barbara Alston Barbara Alston ... Henrietta Mosely


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


We Dare You To Say His Name Five Times! See more »


Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and gore | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 October 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Clive Barker's Candyman See more »


Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Bernard Rose's then-wife, Alexandra Pigg, was originally set to play Helen but ceded the role to the higher profile Virginia Madsen. See more »


When Helen is clicking through slides after taking a bath, she views two slides of the painting of Candyman's face with the hole in the mouth. Earlier in the movie, she had run out of film before entering that room. However, she is later seen going back to take pictures of it; this is right before she meets the little boy, Jake. See more »


[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

European version was cut by 12 minutes, the region 2 DVD restored it to 94 minutes from the original 86 minute version See more »


Referenced in The Cinema Snob: The Adventures of Hercules II (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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Easy to Call This One a Classic
22 October 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Candyman (1992)

*** (out of 4)

Grad student Helen Lyle (Virginia Madsen) is doing research on why certain groups of people blame their violence on mythical legends when she comes across the name Candyman (Tony Todd). Soon Helen realizes that this figure with a hook for a hand is more than just a legend. CANDYMAN certainly stands as one of the best horror films of the 90s as it contains a great story, a creepy atmosphere, some great performances and of course many chilling moments. The story from Clive Barker is certainly something interesting to just think about because the idea of what an urban legend is and how it plays a part in people's lives who believe it is the best thing about the movie. I really loved how director Bernard Rose kept the viewing guessing at all times as to what was going on. Was it really Candyman doing all the killing or had Helen simply lost her mind while doing the research? It certainly helps that you've got such great actors in the leading roles and especially with Madsen. She does an extremely good job in the lead as she really makes you believe all of this stuff that is going on and it's a pretty deep character and the actress has no problems with it. Todd and that iconic voice makes Candyman one of the most memorable screen villains in horror history and that calm and cool nature of the actor really comes across extremely creepy. The film also features a very good score from Philip Glass and of course there's the striking images. I think the film does get a bit too long in the final act but there are just so many effective moments and killings here that you can't help but call this a classic of the genre.

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