Candyman (1992)

Researching urban folklore, a University of Chicago student snoops around the housing projects of Cabrini Green to find more about the legend of the Candyman who supposedly appears (whenever one looks into the mirror and repeats his name… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Horror
Release Date: October 16, 1992
DVD Release Date: August 7, 2001
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Critic Score: 70% 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.

Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film

This unusual bold film is well worth watching. The real tragedy is perhaps that it has stood the test of time so well and we have not, after 25 years, reached a point where the inequalities it portrays seem ridiculous.

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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 Keyes

The goals of the picture never come into focus, usually because it is too busy bouncing between the methodical deviations of the villain and the silent absurdity of injustice.

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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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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

The finest American horror film of the 1990s.

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Flixster Audience Score: 61% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
An eerie, scary and surprisingly efficient horror film that invests in an atmospheric score and an intriguing mystery about a living rumor who can only be real… More
Melvin White
Candyman: They will say that I have shed innocent blood. What's blood for, if not for shedding?  "We Dare You To Say His Name Five Times!"… More
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
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
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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.