Dare to say his name in the mirror five times, and Candyman will come for you — or so the legend goes. One of the most iconic horror films of the 1990s, Bernard Rose’s Candyman is a terrifying tale of a vengeful, hook-handed spirit that haunts the city of Chicago. Grad student Helen Lyne (Virginia Madsen) is working on a thesis about urban legends, when she stumbles across the Candyman (Tony Todd). Blamed for the murders of numerous residents of Chicago’s Cabrini-Green housing project, Candyman’s legend looms large. As Helen delves deeper and deeper into Candyman’s world, she realises she may never emerge unscathed.
Why You Should See This Film
Politically prescient even today, and ripe for reappraisal, it’s little wonder Jordan Peele and Nia DaCosta are reimagining Candyman for a new generation with their hotly anticipated remake. Featuring an astounding Philip Glass score and adapted from a short story by Clive Barker (Hellraiser), Candyman holds up remarkably well. The bees featured in the film are also 100% real, with star Tony Todd even negotiating a $1,000 bonus every time he got stung.
- Year: 1992
- Rating: M
- Director: Bernard Rose
- Cast: Virginia Madsen, Tony Todd, Kasi Lemmons
- Duration: 101 minutes
- Language: English