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Candyman (Special Edition) (1992)

Virginia Madsen , Xander Berkeley , Bernard Rose  |  R |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (188 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Virginia Madsen, Xander Berkeley, Tony Todd, Kasi Lemmons, Vanessa Williams
  • Directors: Bernard Rose
  • Writers: Bernard Rose, Clive Barker
  • Producers: Alan Poul, Clive Barker, Gregory Goodman, Sigurjon Sighvatsson, Steve Golin
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese
  • Dubbed: French, Portuguese
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 17, 2004
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (188 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002C4JJ4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,216 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Candyman (Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • "Sweets to the Sweet: The Candyman Mythos" featurette
  • "Clive Barker: Raising Hell" featurette
  • Bernard Rose storyboard comparisons

Editorial Reviews

Virginia Madsen, Tony Todd. A graduate student researches the urban legend of a killer named Candyman, who can be conjured up by saying his name and looking into a mirror. 1992/color/98 min/R.

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
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Format:DVD
Clive Barker's Candyman was one of the finest horror films I have ever seen and one of my personal favorites. Writer-director Bernard Rose does an excellent job of adapting a Barker story into a masterpiece film that not only provides chills and scares, but also many issues of racism and vengeance.
The movie begins with a student telling Helen Lyle, played by the beautiful and extremely talented Virginia Madsen, an urban legend about Candyman. You have to say his name five times in the mirror and he'll appear and split you from the groin up. Helen is writing a thesis on urban legends and is particularly interested in Candyman because of how so many people believe in it. She and her friend, Bernadette, decide to go investigate an apartment complex that was the site of murders that Candyman could be responsible for. That's when a series of murders begin to occur and Helen must try to figure out what's actually going on.
Candyman is a rare movie in the nineties that mixes style with ideas. One of the film's most disturbing scenes is when Virginia Madsen is drenched in blood, and is forced to strip her clothes off in front of a police officer. Subtle scenes like that are harder to take than senseless bloody murders in slasher flicks. The acting in this film is also very noteworthy. Madsen's performance is one of the best I've ever seen in a horror film, easily rivaling Ellen Burstyn from The Exorcist. She begins the film as a non-believer, but is converted when she becomes the target of Candyman. By the final third of the film she must decide whether Candyman is real or if she is going insane. Madsen is convincing through all these changes, and she certainly deserves more roles in films these days. Tony Todd also delivers a fine performance as Candyman.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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Eventually, anyone who makes it their business to seek out quality horror movies is going to come to the conclusion that the ones that succeed in distinguishing themselves from the pack tend to fall into three distinct categories. First, you have the horror movies that are less interested in scaring you than they are seriously exploring their subject matter, and probing into the nature of evil. Sometimes, they go the supernatural route (The Exorcist, Rosemary's Baby, Don't Look Now). Sometimes, they stay grounded (Psycho, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, Se7en). Either way, they are more disturbing than they are immediately frightening. You acknowledge that what you've seen has struck a kind of nerve, but you won't lose much sleep. These movies are intellectually compelling but they do not provoke any immediate sense of terror.

On the other hand, the second breed of quality horror movies has no interest in psychology, in the "nature" of their content, and do not attempt to intellectually engage you. They only want to make you feel as if you are in immediate danger. The movies that fall into this category (Halloween, Alien) do not provide food for thought, but they know how to make you uncomfortable, and they know how to push your buttons. They are manipulative in the extreme, but they are actively frightening, and provide visceral experiences that the previous category of horror films cannot.

Finally, the third category of superlative horror films distinguish themselves by remaining conscious of themselves. They want to frighten you, but they also want to convince you that they are "above" merely pushing your buttons. At the same time, they don't want to go the intellectual route either.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best horror film of the 90s. August 10, 1999
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Scream comes close, but the comedy element of that film seems to fit in another genre, horror-comedy maybe. Candyman, on the other hand, is TRUE horror yet belongs in a category all it's own. Besides being downright scary as hell, it's an excellent FILM. Everything from the sound to story pacing is tight and extremely effective, and I have to agree with what someone else here said: Philip Glass' score is so subtle and creepy, it's PERFECT. I can't understand people who don't see the pure beauty of this movie. If you like horror like I do, you should really see this film, maybe even more than once. I saw Candyman in the theater back in '92 and I walked out shaken and completely freaked out. I couldn't look into a mirror for a few days. The only other horror films that have had that effect on me were Halloween and Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Even though of course I'm not as scared when I watch it now, I can appreciate the skill in which it was crafted and still be swept up in the fantasy this movie creates. Then again, if you're into crap like I Know What You Did Last Summer, Scream 2, The Faculty, and other trash-horror, you may not appreciate something of this caliber. As for anyone else, it's really is worth checking out.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An overlooked psychological thriller June 6, 2004
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Candyman starts out pedestrian enough. Helen Lyle (Virginia Madsen) is a graduate student attempting to wow her instructor while dealing with her cheating professor husband. Helen chooses the local urban legend Candyman to blow her teacher away. Being the detailed and dedicated researcher, she investigates the area where most of Candyman's victims are found; the Cabrini Green housing project. Helen and her fellow student interview residents of the rundown apartment complex, explore an abandoned apartment that has been transformed into a shrine to the title character, and form an unusual bond with a young, struggling mother (Vanessa Williams).
All proceeds as one would expect until a murderer using the Candyman legend as a cover is caught by the police. Helen comforts a boy by telling him that the Candyman is not the boogeyman, just a bad man trying to scare and cause harm. This is the turning point of the movie.
By destroying the boy's belief in Candyman, Helen invites the entity who describes his state as "to be but not to exist". Candyman is because others believe in him. Helen has destroyed this so he must now revive his legend and resuscitate belief in him. Helen encounters him in a parking garage where he commands her to "be my victim". The next thing she knows, she is lying in the young mother's apartment next to her dead dog with a bloody knife in her hand.
From this point Helen descends into madness with murders and a kidnapping surrounding her while her husband's cheating ways are revealed. Eventually Candyman asks Helen to join her in the non-existence of legend. To save a child, Helen agrees and sacrifices her life so the child might live. The worst thing about the movie is a rather cheesy ending that confirms Helen's entry into Urban Legend-hood.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Tony Todd is amazing
The Candyman is a unique movie in the horror genre and Tony Todd doesn't disappoint! I recommend this to anyone who wants a different type of "scary" movie.
Published 2 months ago by Raymond JT Stazzone
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Clive Barker Movies
Excellent service on packaging and delivery. I would recommend this product to anyone who loves good horror films. Clive Baker is a genius.
Published 2 months ago by R. A. Macgaren
5.0 out of 5 stars a classic!
I love this movie and Tony Todd is amazing and am glad that I was able to find this movie since it is pretty old.
Published 3 months ago by Karen Platt
5.0 out of 5 stars THE CLAW
I LOVED THE ITEM VERY MUCH. I AM A HORROR FAN ALSO. I HAVE A FRIEND I TEASE HIM ALL THE TIME TO LOOK IN A MIRROR AND SAY CANDYMAN 5 TIMES, HE WON'T. HE GETS VERY SCARED. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Errol M. Hicks
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
One of my favorite horror thrillers! DVD received in new condition. If you're a horror fan--you must add this to your collection.
Published 4 months ago by Cheetara101
4.0 out of 5 stars A Powerful Urban Horror Myth
Clive Barker has the unique gift to thoroughly gruesify and utterly horrify his audience. This is perfectly exhibited in the film Candyman, where the overall tone is... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Julian Pope
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
A magical woven tale that sits deep in the heart and tugs on the brain stem.

This tale of eeriness and urban legends unfolds with Helen, a journalist trying to... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Paperbackstash
5.0 out of 5 stars I Dare You To Say His Name
Hey, it's the Living Dead Girl here! And I was watching utube when I found this theme, I forgot how hauntingly beautiful it was... Read more
Published 7 months ago by The Scream Queen
5.0 out of 5 stars Anyone Who Can Appreciate Old School Horror Movies Will Love Candyman
Came across this movie on FearNet so I decided to give it a watch and I was not disappointed. When I saw that Tony Todd was the main character in the movie, I knew I had to give it... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Kane's Review
2.0 out of 5 stars Not very good!
Really not very good, there was a bunch of us watching it, no one in the group liked it. It wasn't scary as it was advertised to be. We actually chose not to finish it.
Published 10 months ago by Nancy Beatty
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