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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. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

  • Release date:September 11, 1992


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


Bernard Rose
Steve Golin
Gregory Goodman
Sigurjon Sighvatsson
Bernard Rose
Clive Barker
Book Author
Anthony Richmond
Philip Glass
Composer (Music Score)
Dan Rae
Jane Ann Stewart
Production Designer
David S. Lazan
Art Director
Clive Barker
Executive Producer
Kathryn Peters
Set Designer
Leonard Pollack
Costume Designer
Bob Keen
Special Effects
Marty Bresin
Special Effects
Robert "Bobby Z" Zajonc
Michelle Buhler