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Candyman (Special Edition)

4.2 out of 5 stars 115 customer reviews

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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.

Special Features

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

Product Details

  • Actors: Kasi Lemmons, Xander Berkeley, Virginia Madsen, Tony Todd
  • Directors: Bernard Rose
  • Producers: Alan Poul, Steve Golin, Sigurjon Sighvatsson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 17, 2004
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002C4JJ4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,794 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Candyman (Special Edition)" on IMDb

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By Evan Bernick on February 5, 2006
Format: DVD
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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I find it very strange that some people reviewing this film have classified it as a failure, with not enough gore, no "hot" women and not enough Candyman on screen.

First of all, "Candyman" easily blows away all of the Freddie, Jason and Michael Myers trash that filled cinemas in the 80's and 90's. I guess there's a type of movie-goer who likes to hero-worship the villains and gets a kick out of the evil caricatures appearing in all of those films. But "Candyman" is something else altogether. This story involves an inquisitive woman named Helen (Virginia Madsen -superb) who is trying to piece together the reasons behind some strange and frightening events that may or may not have something to do with an urban legend, a run down housing estate, and her own family and background. What Helen gets subjected to during this movie is a heartbreakingly cruel catalogue of horrifc violence that no living person should ever go through.

I'm not exaggerating, but I'll confess that my opinion of this film is extremely high. Everything seems to work for me. Right away, the opening credits and music are wonderful, already doom-laden and menacing. The character of Helen is wonderfully believable, and the introduction of the Candyman legend is handled with just enough veracity to make you dread the (inevitable) invocation of something terrible. But the story is clever enough to mix in the danger that Helen finds herself in on the Cabrini Green apartment block estate along with the supernatural element. When she explores the empty sections of this buildng and finds a stinking derelict apartment that has long since gone rotten, the tension is racked sky-high. Even worse is to come when Helen is beaten up by thugs who are seemingly behind the Candyman-related violence being investigated.
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The director of Immortal Beloved brings to the screen the adaptation of Clive Barker's short story which will go down in history as the best horror movie ever made.

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.
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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 uncompromisingly unsettling. Through the first act of the film it manages to arouse this sensation without getting excessively visually graphic. It thrives somewhat on the Hitchcockian factor of merely using the idea of the Candyman, recounted through stories, to build up a fear of the character.

The Candyman is a powerful urban horror myth that in the film is a hushed whisper around the government housing projects in the Southside of Chicago. If Tony Todd isn't ever known for anything else other than his portrayal of the titular character here, he will have established himself in horror film history forever. There's a reason that people are still scared to say 'Candyman' 5 times to a bathroom mirror.
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