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 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


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 <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


From The Chilling Imagination Of Clive Barker. See more »


Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and gore | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


The titular character of Candyman does not appear in person until 44 minutes into the movie. 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 »


[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

German VHS-Tape rated "not under 18" is fully uncut, including a different much gorier version of the psychologist death than the R-Rated Cut. See more »


Referenced in Be My Victim (2018) 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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A 90's Classic.
15 October 2017 | by meddlecoreSee all my reviews

A couple female grad students are researching urban legends, when they accidentally summon the demonic spirit of "Candyman"- a man who had his hand hacked off and replaced with a hook...before being stung to death by bees...who now goes around killing that his legend can live on in the minds of his "congregation".

His hunting ground is the Chicago area projects...and his congregation is made up of all those who fear him.

The two young ladies head into the projects to do some research. Hoping to find the place where the last Candyman killing took place, and to ask local residents what they might know.

But they are asking too many questions, and this gets them some unwanted attention...leading to Helen (Virginia Madsen) getting beaten up.

The guy who beat her up was pretending to be Candyman, in an attempt to intimidate people. Though, in reality, he is just the leader of one of the local gangs.

So Helen becomes skeptical of Candyman's existence- thinking this is the source of the urban legend that the community holds onto so dearly

But that was her greatest mistake...for now Candyman seeks vengeance...for f*cking with his legacy.

He starts to take over Helen's mind- making her do things she would- she could- never fathom doing.

And forces her into a position, where she must accept a deal with the devil...or, well, order to save the life of an innocent baby who he has kidnapped.

Now, she is wanted for murder, kidnapping, and animal cruelty...and finds herself institutionalized.

Is Candyman really responsible for all these crimes...or is it all in her head? Nothing a quick summoning test won't clear up...

This film is a pretty cool combination of slasher and psychological thriller, with some decent gore and awesome death scenes. Honestly, I'm really surprised I've never watched it until now. It sets you up for the gore with some cheap scares. But that final scene where Candyman is about to kill Helen is wicked. And the final twist at the end was a welcome surprise.

Looking forward to the rest of the trilogy.

6.5 out of 10.

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Release Date:

16 October 1992 (USA) See more »

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Clive Barker's Candyman See more »


Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,404,320, 18 October 1992

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