Candyman - Special EditionDirector: Bernard Rose, Virginia Madsen, Tony Todd, Xander Berkeley
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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Cast & Crew
|Virginia Madsen||Helen Lyle|
|Xander Berkeley||Trevor Lyle|
|Kasi Lemmons||Bernadette Walsh|
|Vanessa A. Williams||Anne-Marie McCoy|
|Stanley de Santis||Dr. Burke|
|Gilbert Lewis||Detective Frank Valento|
|Carol Harris||2nd Orderly|
|Mika Quintard||TV Reporter|
|Lisa Ann Poggi||Diane|
|Bernard Rose||Archie Walsh|
|Kenneth A. Brown||Castrated Boy|
|Terrence Riggins||Gang Leader|
|Doug MacHugh||1st Orderly|
|Fred Sanders||Cop (uncredited)|
|Sarina Grant||Kitty Culver|
|Clive Barker||Executive Producer|
|Marty Bresin||Special Effects|
|Philip Glass||Score Composer|
|Bob Keen||Special Effects|
|David S. Lazan||Art Director|
|Kathryn Peters||Set Decoration/Design|
|Leonard Pollack||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Jane Ann Stewart||Production Designer|
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One of my favorite horror movies. It's based on the short-story 'The Forbidden' by Clive Barker. Tony Todd plays one of horror's best villains.
Thie movie still creeps me out after fifty viewings. The shocks and thrills are very real. One of the best horror films in recent year.
I was bored to death while watching this movie! Yeah there was a killer that killed people, but it didn't keep my attention. It wasn't what I expected it to be.
This was a very gory movie, but what else can be expected from Clive Barker? It was very well done, and Tony Todd plays the second (maybe third) creepiest horror villain of the 1990's(ranked behind Anthony Hopkins, probably about equal with Kevin Spacey).
I was in seventh grade when I saw this movie for the first time, and it really shocked me. It still gives me nightmares to this day. That crazy woman should have listened to those people who warned her about what Candyman does to whoever says his name five times while looking into a mirror. This film is definately not for the squeamish.
one day at my 12th b-day party...we rented this movie and my mom called on his name...and around 1 in the morning he came knocking and scrapping the door with his hook....then when we looked in the hallway of my apartment building it was filled with bees...now i never watch this movie alone...i still get in the shower with the curtains half-way open....