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A children's ghost story comes to terrifying life in this gut-wrenching thriller about a graduate student whose research into modern folklore summons the spirit of the dead. Helen Lyle (Virginia Madsen) laughs when she interviews college freshmen about their superstitions. But when she hears about Candyman, a slave spirit with a hook hand who is said to haunt Chicago's notorious Cabrini-Green housing project, she thinks she has a new twist for this thesis. Braving the gang-ridden territory to visit the site of a brutal murder, Helen arrogantly assumes Candyman can't really exist... until he appears, igniting a string of terrifying, tragic slayings. But the police don't believe in monsters, and they charge Helen with the grisly crimes. Only one person can set her free: CANDYMAN.
- "Sweets to the Sweet: The Candyman Mythos" featurette
- "Clive Barker: Raising Hell" featurette
- Bernard Rose storyboard comparisons
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The Candyman is insane. Why else would he kill his "own people"? People who themselves are still being oppressed to this very day. This film is a supernatural horror/thriller that gets more into one's mind more than one's body. If you can get past the first 30 to 40 minutes you will get to see an interesting film--a film that showcases a subtle delineation of race and class in America today.
Tony Todd and Virginia Madsen have a solid chemistry together despite Todd's appearance only at the 43 minute mark of the film. Todd's brooding, dark intensity make this film. He's truly a film villain extraordinaire. Despite this, I never really knew what it was that Candyman wanted other than to be worshiped as he haunted Cabrini-Green Public Housing buildings.
I give this film Candyman Three and a Half to Four Stars rounded up. Buy this film and you won't be too disappointed. Madsen is great and as beautiful as she was in Third Degree Burn. I'm the 147th person to review Candyman.
A. Nathaniel Wallace, Jr.
It is stunning visually and balanced. The horror is psychological. It is not a slasher flick.
Phillip Glass was "conned" into doing the soundtrack, and it wouldn't be the same film without it.
Bernard Rose's adaptation of Clive Barker's chilling novella has got be acknowledged as the greatest adaptation by a director of materials in the written form, in actual fact, dramatically improving on Barker's work.
The story begins with two anthropology post graduate students conducting a research on urban legends with primary focus on the legend of the Candyman, and disbelieving in the existence of the paranormal, and under the misconception that the Candyman legend is merely urban folklore, the two dare one another to utter his name three times before a mirror - and while her friend chickened out after saying his name twice, the heroine of the movie utters the name a final time, thereby, summoning forth Candyman who turns her life upside down in an attempt to induce her friends to abandon her and make her realize that he is the only one she has left - with the motive of winning her love as he was a black man who fell in love with a white women resembling our heroine.
This movie constitutes the finest effort by Hollywood at producing a sophisticated horror movie that keeps you wondering whether the things transpiring on screen are the deranged delusions of a person on the brink of mental illness or actual incidents occurring in real life. A fine work du art.