Candyman - Special Edition

Candyman - Special Edition

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Director: Bernard Rose

Cast: Bernard Rose, Virginia Madsen, Tony Todd, Xander Berkeley

     
 

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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" (TonySee more details below

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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 project. A senior professor, hearing of Helen's research, explains the historical basis for the legend, detailing how Candyman is believed to be the vengeful spirit of a former slave who, though initially respected in academia, was set upon and mutilated by an angry mob when accused of taking a white mistress. When the clinically-detached Helen flaunts her intellectual confidence by reciting Candyman's name five times, she sets in motion an inevitable series of supernatural events -- culminating in a series of grisly killings, after which Helen is invariably found holding the bloody murder weapon. Though she is captured by the police, it becomes evident to Helen that Candyman is guiding her fate every step of the way.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Cavett Binion
Haunting, intelligent and poetic, Candyman's strength lies in its ability to deliver a powerful social message primarily through imagery (Helen's realization that each room in her ritzy high-rise is the "mirror image" of its counterpart in Cabrini Green is a telling example), while managing to deliver the horror goods with hair-raising suspense, graphic shocks, and a chillingly seductive yet painfully human monster -- all qualities which affirm Candyman as the finest Barker adaptation ever committed to film -- far superior to its disappointing sequel Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh (1994).

Product Details

Release Date:
01/10/2012
UPC:
5050582849639
Original Release:
1992
Source:
Ais
Sales rank:
4,929

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Virginia Madsen Helen Lyle
Tony Todd Candyman
Xander Berkeley Trevor Lyle
Kasi Lemmons Bernadette Walsh
Vanessa A. Williams Anne-Marie McCoy
DeJuan Guy Jake
Michael Culkin Purcell
Stanley de Santis Dr. Burke
Gilbert Lewis Detective Frank Valento
Mark Daniels Student
Carol Harris 2nd Orderly
Jason LaPadura Actor
Mika Quintard TV Reporter
Theodore Raimi Billy
Ria Pavia Monica
Lisa Ann Poggi Diane
Adam Philipson Danny
Eric Edwards Harold
Bernard Rose Archie Walsh
Kenneth A. Brown Castrated Boy
Terrence Riggins Gang Leader
Rusty Schwimmer Policewoman
Baxter Harris Detective
Doug MacHugh 1st Orderly
Diane Peterson Nurse
Fred Sanders Cop (uncredited)
Sarina Grant Kitty Culver

Technical Credits
Bernard Rose Director,Screenwriter
Clive Barker Executive Producer
Marty Bresin Special Effects
Michelle Buhler Makeup
Philip Glass Score Composer
Steve Golin Producer
Gregory Goodman Producer
Bob Keen Special Effects
David S. Lazan Art Director
Kathryn Peters Set Decoration/Design
Leonard Pollack Costumes/Costume Designer
Alan Poul Producer
Dan Rae Editor
Anthony Richmond Cinematographer
Sigurjon Sighvatsson Producer
Jane Ann Stewart Production Designer

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