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

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and gore | See all certifications »

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Details

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:

$25,792,310
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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In a 1992 story in the Chicago Tribune, some high-profile black filmmakers expressed their disappointment that the film seemed to perpetuate several racist stereotypes. "There's no question that this film plays on white middle-class fears of black people," director Carl Franklin (Out of Time, Devil in a Blue Dress) said. "It unabashedly uses racial stereotypes and destructive myths to create shock. I found it hokey and unsettling. It didn't work for me because I don't share those fears, buy into those myths." Reginald Hudlin, who directed House Party, Boomerang, and Marshall, described the film as "worrisome," though he didn't want to speak on the record about his specific issues with the film. "I've gotten calls about [the movie], but I think I'm going to reserve comment," he said. "Some of my friends are in it and I may someday want to work for TriStar." For Rose, those assessments may have been hard to hear, as his goal in adapting Barker's story and directing it was to upend the myths about inner cities. "[T]he tradition of oral storytelling is very much alive, especially when it's a scary story," he told The Independent. "And the biggest urban legend of all for me was the idea that there are places in cities where you do not go, because if you go in them something dreadful will happen--not to say that there isn't danger in ghettos and inner city areas, but the exaggerated fear of them is an urban myth." 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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Candyman Legacy with Tony Todd (2015) See more »

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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A truly wonderful, chilling, compelling and high quality masterpiece
22 May 2004 | by president242007See all my reviews

`Candyman' is a very frightening and yet intriguing and compelling movie that plays upon and cleverly manipulates old urban legends and myths of folklore and brings to life some of your worst nightmares and horrors. As far as scary movies go it falls into a category of its own in terms of its depth and excellence

One of the main strengths of this movie is that the script and the character performances are so powerful and credible that it doesn't feel the need to inject unnecessary horror/graphic/violent scenes into it to sensationalize it. Sure, there is an extensive amount of blood and gore in the movie but it nevertheless fits in with the plot and isn't added in just to give the film an unnecessary `horror' feel. The chilling and terrifying aspects of this movie come from the dialogue, the sequence of events and the emotions and personas revealed in the characters. The plot and the script is enough to leave you mesmerized throughout the whole movie and to remain on the edge of your seat with the anticipation of what is going to happen next. The producers and scriptwriters must receive top marks for the wonderful way in which they enriched the whole movie by relying on the script and the acting instead of adding cheap gimmicks into it to make it more frightening. In addition to that the lighting and the scenery around the whole movie makes it even more frightening

I have always thought Virginia Madsen to be a highly talented, qualified and excellent actress whose wonderful acting and gifted performances have been consistently overlooked when allocating movie roles. For me `Candyman' confirmed this thesis. Her portrayal of Helen Lyle is truly one of the most excellent portrayals of a character I have seen recently. She gives her character so much depth, dimension and genuine emotions. Tony Todd also emerges from this film as a very talented and wonderful actor. The amount of depth, dimension and persona that he gives to the character of the `Candyman' is amazing. Although the Candyman is in many ways a truly evil and frightening character, you also can't help but feel a great deal of sympathy for him at times and this too is a testament to Todd's acting. The supporting cast –particularly Vanessa Williams and even the young kid who Helen interviews while in the neighbourhood-also deserve an honourable mention for giving their characters such a realistic edge.

I would recommend this movie –it is chilling, frightening, intriguing, compelling, sad and wonderful all in one. One of the best movies I have ever seen in this genre


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