Candyman (1992)



Critic Consensus: 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.

Movie Info

Bernard Rose followed his moody fantasy-thriller Paperhouse (1988) with this modern horror tale, based on Clive Barker's short story "The Forbidden". Compiling a thesis on urban legends, University of Illinois in Chicago graduate student Helen Lyle (Virginia Madsen) becomes aware of the prevalent superstition surrounding the legend of "Candyman" (Tony Todd)--a hook-wielding phantom who will appear if his name is recited five times into a mirror--among the tenants of Chicago's Cabrini Green … More

Rating: R
Genre: Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Bernard Rose
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On DVD: Aug 7, 2001
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


as Helen Lyle

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as Bernadette

as Anne-Marie McCoy

as Anne-Marie

as Dr. Burke

as Billy

as Monica

as Student

as Harold

as Henrietta Mosely

as Kitty Culver

as Baby Anthony

as Baby Anthony

as Archie Walsh

as Crying Mother

as Castrated Boy

as Tough Guy

as Gang Leader

as Detective Frank Vale...

as Cop (uncredited)

as Policewoman

as Detective

as TV Reporter

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Critic Reviews for Candyman

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (6)

Candyman is an uppper-register horror item that delivers the requisite shocks and gore but doesn't cheat or cop out.

Full Review… | September 17, 2008
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 17, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

One of the best sustained horror movies for some years.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The film's spooky atmosphere is accentuated by Anthony B. Richmond's cinematography and Philip Glass's score.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

The finest American horror film of the 1990s.

Full Review… | March 20, 2015
Antagony & Ecstasy

...a handsome yet ineffective adaptation...

Full Review… | October 31, 2014
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Audience Reviews for Candyman

Adapted from the chilling mind of Clive Barker, "Candyman" is much more than a story about an urban legend turned serial killer. Barker looks at the everyday, the mundane, and twists it into submission. He doesn't believe in the suburban, or the normal. Through the clichés he sees the gruesome world of dreams, the outer membrane that surrounds us all, and from that he cultivates a horror tradition that lends itself to the grotesque. In this film, his tensest buildup to date, he shows martyrdom in the face of evil. Virginia Madsen is a graduate student who searches for the legendary Candyman in the ghetto of South Chicago, inevitably finding him. The story revolves around her seduction, and eventual sacrifice for the good of the community. The film is great for the fact that it builds up its villain, and also sets a mood unlike other horror films. The seduction mirrors the old "Dracula" films, and yet is much bloodier for the benefit of slasher fans, bridging traditions and creating a terrifying narrative where the boogeyman is real.

Spencer S.

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A surprisingly efficient horror film that is eerie and scary, investing in an atmospheric score and an intriguing mystery about a living rumor who can only exist through his spooky legend - and it firmly keeps its roots in the real world while the gore never seems unnecessary.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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