Director: Bernard Rose
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.