Candyman (1992)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Horror
Release Date: August 7, 2001
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though it ultimately sacrifices some mystery in the name of gory thrills, Candyman is a nuanced, effectively chilling tale that benefits from an interesting premise and some fine performances.

Variety Staff

Candyman is an uppper-register horror item that delivers the requisite shocks and gore but doesn't cheat or cop out.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

The film's spooky atmosphere is accentuated by Anthony B. Richmond's cinematography and Philip Glass's score.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

The finest American horror film of the 1990s.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Like so many post-Val Lewton horror films, this 1992 feature starts out promisingly while the plot is mainly a matter of suggestion, but gradually turns gross and obvious as the meanings become literal and unambiguous.

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Richard Harrington
Washington Post

Madsen is a much better actress than is usually found in such a role. However, if you don't like splashes of blood or bees swarming out of bodies, you may want to think twice about this one.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a handsome yet ineffective adaptation...

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Time Out

One of the best sustained horror movies for some years.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

What I liked was a horror movie that was scaring me with ideas and gore, instead of simply with gore.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The film bogs down into ordinariness after its fast start when the myth is literally acted out and all sense of movie magic gets washed down the toilet.

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Flixster Audience Score: 61% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
Adapted from the chilling mind of Clive Barker, "Candyman" is much more than a story about an urban legend turned serial killer. Barker looks at the… More
Melvin White
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Tim Salmons
A very effective fall from grace sort of horror film. That sounds strange, I know, but that's exactly what I got out of it. Virginia Madsen is good and… More
Carlos Magalhães
A surprisingly efficient horror film that is eerie and scary, investing in an atmospheric score and an intriguing mystery about a living rumor who can only… More
Bethany Murphy
Undoubtably creepy but the plot doesn't seem to have been very well thought out and I got bored after a while. Surprised I got to the end of the film.