Candyman (1992)

USA, 1992
35mm film, 1.37:1 [negative ratio], 1.85:1 [intended ratio]
Dolby SR, English
Reviewed at The EOFFTV Review]

An American horror film directed by Bernard Rose.

Plot Summary

Student Helen Lyle is writing a thesis about local legends and myths in Chicago. She learns of the legend of the Candyman, a one-armed supernatural killer who appears if you look into a mirror and say his name five times. Helen doesn’t believe it – until she discovers a series of brutal killings in a nearby housing project…


Directed by: Bernard Rose
© 1992 Candyman Films, Inc.
TriStar Pictures presents in association with PolyGram Filmed Entertainment a Propaganda Films production. A Bernard Rose film. Released by TriStar Pictures a Sony Pictures Entertainment company
Executive Producer: Clive Barker
Produced by: Steve Golin, Sigurjon Sighvatsson and Alan Poul
Line Producer: Gregory Goodman
Written by: Bernard Rose
Based on “The Forbidden” by Clive Barker
Director of Photography: Anthony B. Richmond
Film Editor: Dan Rae
Music by: Philip Glass [opening titles]
Music Composed by: Philip Glass, © 1992 Dunvagen Music Publishers, Inc. [end titles]
Sound Mixer: Reinhard Stergar
Costume Design: Leonard Pollack
Key Make-Up: Michelle Buhler
Key Hairstylist: Erma Kent
Special Make-up Effects by: Bob Keen
Special Make-Up Effects Created by: Image Animation
Visual Effects by: Cruse and Company
Production Design by: Jane Ann Stewart

Virginia Madsen (Helen Lyle)
Tony Todd (Candyman)
Xander Berkeley (Trevor Lyle)
Kasi Lemmons (Bernadette Walsh)
Vanessa Williams (Anne-Marie McCoy)
DeJuan Guy (Jake)
Michael Culkin ([Professor Philip] Purcell)
Stanley DeSantis (Dr Burke)
Gilbert Lewis (Detective Frank Valento)
Marianna Elliott (Clara)
Ted Raimi (Billy)
Ria Pavia (Monica)
Mark Daniels (student)
Lisa Ann Poggi (Diane)
Adam Philipson (Danny)
Eric Edwards (Harold)
Carolyn Lowery (Stacey)
Barbara Alston (Henrietta Mosely)
Sarina Grant (Kitty Culver)
Latesha & Lanesha Martin (baby Anthony)

Alternative Titles

O Assassino em Série – Portuguese title
Candyman – Terrore dietro lo specchio – Italian title
Candyman: el dominio de la mente – Spanish title
Candymans Fluch – German title
Kampókéz – Hungarian title
O Mistério de Candyman – Brazilian title

Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh (1995)
Candyman: Day of the Dead (1999)

Extracts included in
Boogeymen: The Killer Compilation (2001)
Clive Barker: Raising Hell (2004)
Sweets to the Sweet: The Candyman Mythos (2004)
Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror (2021)


epd Film vol.10 no.11 (1 January 1993) p.34 – review (by Sabine Horst)
Studio February 1993 p.24 – review (by Gabrielle Devernon)

Diário de Notícias 22 January 1999 p.55 – review

The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.482
Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.70-71
English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby p.284
Horror Films by Subgenre: A Viewer’s Guide by Chris Vander Kaay and Kathleen Fernandez-Vander Kaay p.201
Horror Films of the 1990s by John Kenneth Muir pp.221-224 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Film Sequels, Series, and Remakes by Kim R. Holston and Tom Winchester p.68-69