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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
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Viewers may think of Candyman as one of the horror genre's most terrifying villains, but Rose said that "the idea always was that he was kind of a romantic figure. And again, romantic in sort of the Edgar Allan Poe sense--it's the romance of death. He's a ghost, and he's also the resurrection of something that is kind of unspoken or unspeakable in American history, which is slavery, as well. So he's kind of come back and he's haunting what is the new version of the racial segregation in Chicago. "And I think there's also something very seductive and very sweet and very romantic about him, and that's what makes him interesting. In the same way there is about Dracula. In the end, the Bogeyman is someone you want to surrender to. You're not just afraid of. There's a certain kind of joy in his seduction. And Tony was always so romantic. Tony ties him in so elegantly and is such a gentleman. He was wonderful." See more »
During the course of the movie, we hear bells release classes and we see lockers. "Candyman" is set at a university, so there wouldn't be bells or lockers. See more »
[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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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 »
Gripping and effectively eerie horror film about a graduate student at the University of Illinois researching urban legends and folklore. While investigating a series of unsolved murders at the notoriously gang infested Cabrini-Green housing projects, she learns the 'myth' of Candyman, a hook-wielding killer who supposedly haunts the neighborhood, but is it fact or fiction? Intense, well-crafted, and well-acted with a gripping story, effective twists in the plot, and a multitude of disturbing scenes...the kind of horror film that actually invests its viewers in the plot and requires them to think, instead of taking the easy way out and just piling on senseless violence or cheap thrills. ***
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