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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.

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 ... 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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Taglines:

Candyman, Candyman, Candyman, Candyman... Don't Say Again! See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and gore | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The Candyman in Clive Barker's original story had been described as an imposing possibly white man (he is described as having a rather unnatural shade of yellow that of course adds to his candy theme) with an unruly red beard. 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

Unrated workprints (bootlegs) of Candyman also contain a more graphic beating of Virginia Madsen's character 'Helen' in the toilets by the black youths who enter into the toilet and who kick her several times on the floor while she bleeds profusely from the head wound inflicted from the blow by the hook of the main youth. This is cut in all regular prints See more »

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Soundtracks

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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Pretty good till the monster shows up
5 March 2020 | by edgeofrealitySee all my reviews

The first third of this was quite involving. Crisp aerial photography, neat Philip Glass music, good acting from the heroine, and an interesting set up about urban legends. I enjoyed particularly the scenes at the university with the male lecturers trying to act clever, and the early scenes at the 'projects' with the usual threatening black teenagers, were unsettling enough. Yes, a few too many obvious jump scares, but it goes with the genre I guess. Once the real villain appeared, not sure why, but I didn't find him that interesting, or scary. Just tiresome. I liked how the heroine is framed and everyone thinks she's nuts, but for me, the whole backstory of the Candyman and how she was fated to be 'his' lacked originality. It all gets a bit too cartoonish by the end. Still recommended overall, especially for the main actress and the music.


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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:

$25,795,124
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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