Candyman (Special Edition) (Bilingual)
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Based on a story by Clive Barker and skillfully written and directed by Bernard Rose, Candyman rises above most horror films by eerily suggesting that some urban legends--in this case a particularly frightening one--have a spooky basis in reality. The legend of the Candyman is a potent one around the high-rise tenements of Chicago's Cabrini-Green housing complex, where the residents speak of a dark, ominous figure who appears when his victims say his name five times in front of a mirror, then mercilessly slashes them to death. Upon learning that the Candyman is rumored to live in one of the vacant tenements, a University of Illinois researcher (Virginia Madsen) investigates a recent murder at Cabrini-Green. She learns that the Candyman (played by Tony Todd) is both unreal and chillingly real--a supernatural force of evil empowered by those who believe in his legend. He is a killer made flesh by the belief of others, and the young researcher's investigation is a threat to his existence. What happens next? We wouldn't dare spoil the chills, but rest assured that writer-director Rose has tapped into a wellspring of urban angst and fear, and Candyman serves up its gruesome frights with a refreshing dose of intelligence. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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of Clive Barker.it's basically a movie about an urban legend involving
the title character,and one woman's research into urban legends and
folklore.without giving anything away,she gets way more than she
bargained for.The character of Candyman is certainly creepy,and the
movie has a very good atmosphere.the acting is good and Tony Todd is
terrific in the title role.there are some real eerie moments.the one
thing i didn't like was i thought the violence was too excessive.the
movie is not groundbreaking or anything,but still,i enjoyed it.i don't
think it as good as another Clive Barker creation,Hellraiser,which i
thought was groundbreaking.for me,Candy man is a 4/5
Born from the mind of Clive Barker, based on his short story “The Forbidden” and directed by Bernard Rose, this twisted little gem of a horror film didn’t impress me that much when I viewed it in the movie theatres over 2 decades ago. But then again, I was a teenager and in my juvenile mind, I wanted to see more of the usual- a mindless slasher film with a high body count, some throwaway characters and maybe throw in some gratuitous nudity while you’re at it. “Candyman” was to my surprise, not this type of horror movie. Repeated viewings made me realize just how well made this film is. It is mysterious, it is haunting, it is filled with wonderment; it creates a hypnotic world of violence, mysticism and despair and lets us get close emotionally to its leading lady and its killer. Who is this elusive Candyman and what does he want with Helen? The answer is obvious but is it really? Virginia Madsen is beautiful and her performance here is very under-rated.Read more ›
Cast: Virginia Madsen, Tony Todd, Xander Berkeley.
Running Time: 98 minutes.
Rated R for violence, gore, language, and mild nudity.
"Candyman" begins with a haunting tone of a piano exercising the musical score. As the camera pans overhead of the great city of Chicago, there already a sense of terror that hangs over the metropolitan. This terror, created brilliantly by the unknown director Bernard Rose, is the urban legend of the ghostly hooked slave Candyman. The legend has it that whenever a person speaks his name five times into a mirror, the Candyman will appear based on this invitation and kill those who spoke his name.
Virginia Madsen plays an up-and-coming graduate journalist who is out to find the juiciest, most cunning story that she can find. She chooses to study urban legends in an urban area--the slums of Chicago. As she learns more about mysterious killer, Virginia's character is thrust into a world of horror as she is arrested for the very crimes that the Candyman has committed. Attempting to both get out of jail and save those who are close to her, she is on a relentless path that she not only hopes will lead to her survival, but the truth of the Candyman.
Excellent script is one of the better adaptations of a Clive Barker story. Madsen gives a fine performance in the leading role and Tony Todd is hauntingly fresh as the tormenting hooked murderer. Will keep the audience on the edge of their seats throughout the entire film, only to have their entire bodies lifted out in shock with a superb climax. One of the better horror films of the early 1990s and a hidden gem in the slasher genre. Truly scary.
1.The setting and atmosphere-It takes place in Cabrini Green, Chicago in the projects.
2.The music-I always say the music makes all the difference in a movie
3.Candyman's voice-He has this very low voice that is just haunting
4.Candyman's hook-It's all bloody and there's something about it that just creeps me out.
The reason I gave this movie 5 stars is because it is the only movie i've ever seen to scare me in the way it did.I would reccomend it only to people who have seen a lot of horror movies.I wouldn't reccomend it to people who are easily scared because i am not but i still was terrified by "Candyman".
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It was fantastic and I got the movie within 3 days of ordering.. you guys are awesome! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
I chose this rating because the shipping was really fast and the movie is awesome. I also enjoyed the special features etc. Read morePublished on May 11 2013 by KO--
I love horror movies and this was one of the few that I haven't seen. The acting was okay, but the pacing was slow and it really didn't live up to the hype at all. Read morePublished on July 6 2004
This by far has to be the scariest horror movie of all times. As a child i have to say the Friday the 13th movies were scary, along wit Mike Myers, Chucky, Freddy, and the rest but... Read morePublished on June 28 2004 by Nickie G
Candyman starts out pedestrian enough. Helen Lyle (Virginia Madsen) is a graduate student attempting to wow her instructor while dealing with her cheating professor husband. Read morePublished on June 6 2004 by D. Smithee
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