Candyman

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Though it ultimately sacrifices some mystery in the name of gory thrills, Candyman is a nuanced, effectively chilling tale that benefits from an interesting premise and some fine performances.

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Researching urban folklore, a University of Chicago student snoops around the housing projects of Cabrini Green to find more about the legend of the Candyman who supposedly appears (whenever one looks into the mirror and repeats his name five times) to slash his victims with a metal hook. Only after she witnesses the atrocities herself, does she believe he exists. To her horror, he wants her to join him in his afterlife dimension. This unsettling feature is based on a short story by Clive Barker.

Cast

Virginia Madsen
as Helen Lyle
Tony Todd
as The Candyman/Daniel Robitalle
Kasi Lemmons
as Bernadette
Ted Raimi
as Billy
Ria Pavia
as Monica
Mark Daniels
as Student
Barbara Alston
as Henrietta Mosely
Sarina C. Grant
as Kitty Culver
Latesha Martin
as Baby Anthony
Lanesha Martin
as Baby Anthony
Bernard Rose
as Archie Walsh
Glenda Starr Kelly
as Crying Mother
Kenneth A. Brown
as Castrated Boy
Caesar Brown
as Tough Guy
Terrence Riggins
as Gang Leader
Fred Sanders
as Cop (uncredited)
Gilbert Lewis
as Detective Frank Valento
Rusty Schwimmer
as Policewoman
Baxter Harris
as Detective
Mika Quintard
as TV Reporter
Doug MacHugh
as 1st Orderly
Carol Harris
as 2nd Orderly
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Critic Reviews for Candyman

All Critics (65) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (48) | Rotten (17)

  • If Candyman doesn't live up to its potential, it does fulfill most of the Saturday night requirements. The action is swift, if excessively graphic, and Madsen proves a strong-willed, sympathetic lead.

    March 4, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • This Candyman can elicit some bona fide shivers while the picture that bears his name is high-caliber horror in its purest, most primal form.

    February 26, 2020 | Full Review…
  • To pull it off would take the utmost artistry and imagination, but writer-director Bernard Rose expends his energy mainly on the easier task of churning up violence and gore for its own sake.

    February 26, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Candyman offers a plot riddled with narrative ambiguities that are never fully resolved, all as a spur to the hooked viewer to spread their own take on the Candyman myth, and so to keep it alive.

    October 29, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Candyman is an uppper-register horror item that delivers the requisite shocks and gore but doesn't cheat or cop out.

    September 17, 2008 | Full Review…

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  • Like so many post-Val Lewton horror films, this 1992 feature starts out promisingly while the plot is mainly a matter of suggestion, but gradually turns gross and obvious as the meanings become literal and unambiguous.

    September 17, 2008 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Candyman

  • Apr 30, 2020
    Often credited as one of the finest slashers of its time, I was a little late to the Candyman party, but for the most part I can see the cause for praise. Going from something of a detective story to a cerebral nightmare, it turns on a dime and even after that turn it still continues to twist. I like this idea of a killer who makes others take the blame, and thus we end up with questions of sanity and some pretty trippy sequences. My biggest issue with the film though was I never quite understood what Candyman wanted. He seemed to want revenge in some vague sense, and he also wanted this woman for…reasons? I don't get it. I know there's sequels, but in this first one there was a lot about him that just felt like him saying stuff to be vague and creepy. Still, vague and creepy almost works when its Tony Todd, who is amazing in the role. It's an at times clunky film overall, but the nightmarish feeling it gives in its descent is still damn effective and it's final seconds are some of the best in any horror film.
    Michael M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 20, 2018
    An uneven film, though worth seeing for Tony Todd and Virginia Madsen. Tony Todd in particular has absolute authority over the picture whenever he's given screen time, though Madsen handles her difficult role with ease. The rest of Candy Man, aside from the sets, is average. One particular shot, where Madsen awakens to find herself in the middle of a murder in progress, is executed brilliantly. I found the direction to be a bit stilted for the majority of the picture, perhaps due to some amateurish script writing and execution. I should praise the look of the film though, as well as the practical effects- they're great, and the cgi for the larger effects is done tastefully enough. I did not care for the music though- it soars and clashes against the look of the film. The sound seemed poorly edited as well. One scene of child dubbing was spotty, but the stock sound effects were distracting (noticeable when characters open and close doors off screen). Bad mixing on the adr. This is a turn the film up with subtitles type of mix but, once again, Tony Todd defies limitations and has a suitably powerful and creepy voice. Candy Man: good, worth watching, could've been much better.
    Paris S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 20, 2013
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  • Sep 10, 2011
    The black Freddy Kreuger and I loved it, it was terrifying and nauseating even.
    Greg A Super Reviewer

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