Skeptical graduate student Helen Lyle (Virginia Madsen) befriends Anne-Marie McCoy (Vanessa Williams) while researching superstitions in a housing project on Chicago’s Near North Side. From Anne-Marie, Helen learns about the Candyman (Tony Todd), a knife-wielding figure of urban legend that some of her neighbors believe to be responsible for a recent murder. After a mysterious man matching the Candyman’s description begins stalking her, Helen comes to fear that the legend may be all too real.
Directed By: Bernard Rose
Written By: Clive Barker & Bernard Rose
Starring: Virginia Madsen (Helen Lyle), Tony Todd (The Candyman), Xander Berkeley (Trevor Lyle), Kasi Lemmons (Bernadette ‘Bernie’ Walsh), Vanessa Williams (Anne-Marie McCoy), DeJuan Guy (Jake), Marianna Elliott (Clara), Ted Raimi (Billy), and more.
Genre: Horror & Thriller
Runtime: Approx. 99 Minutes
1080P High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)
DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc One: Theatrical Cut
New 2K Restoration From a new 4k Scan of the original negative, Supervised and Approved by Writer/Director Bernard Rose and Director of Photography Anthony B. Richmond
New Audio COmmentary with Bernard Rose and Actor Tony Todd
New Audio Commentary with Authors Stephen Jones and Kim Newman
Audio Commentary with Bernard Rose, Author Clive Barker, Producer Alan Poul and Actors Tony Todd, Virginia Madsen, and Kasi Lemmons
“Sweet To the Sweet: The Candyman Mythos”
“Clive Barker: Raising Hell”
Bernard Rose’s Storyboards
Disc Two: Unrated Cut
New 2k Restoration from a New 4k Scan of the original negative with unrated HD inserts from a rare print
New “Be My Victim”- An Interview with Tony Todd
New “It Was Always You, Helen”- An Interview with Virginia Madsen
New “The Writing on the Wall: The Production Design of Candyman”- An interview with Production Designer Jane Ann Stewart
New “Forbidden Flesh: The Makeup FX of Candyman”- Including interviews with Special Makeup Effects Artist Bob Keen, Gary J. Tunnicliffe, and Mark Coulier
New “A Story to Tell: Clive Barker’s The Forbidden“- Writer Douglas E. Winter on Clive Barker’s Seminal Books of Blood and Candyman‘s Source Story, The Forbidden
New “Urban Legend: Unwrapping Candyman“
I give Candyman a B-.
Candyman follows a graduate student, Helen Lyle (Virginia Madsen) who is researching the Legend of Candyman for a thesis in Cabrini-Green, a public housing development on Chicago’s Near North Side. The Candyman Legend comes to life when Lyle begins to fear it as a man begins to stalk her who resembles Candyman to the T.
I absolutely loved this film when I was younger but for some odd reason, this time around it fell flat. I thought maybe because I’ve seen it a million times (sense of excitement is gone because I know what is going to happen) but that can’t be the case as I’ve seen Hellraiser a million time as well and still watch it as if it was the first. I have no idea what changed from the 90s to now. I did watch the Director’s Cut. I usually watch the Theatrical version so maybe that has something to do with it.
What I did like about the film. Virginia Madsen is absolutely stunning in this film. Her blue eyes pierced the screen with every scene she was in. I loved the score. Helen’s Theme (which can be heard throughout the film) by Philip Glass is melodic and has a sense of sadness to it which added an eerie mood to the film. It kind of reminded me of Hellraiser as well. I love the story of Candyman and how he became who he became. The one thing I really liked about Candyman is Tony Todd’s voice. His deep voice made the character believable along with the backstory. I also like horror films from the 80s & 90s. Even the 70s because they don’t have the need to put attention on the jump scares (with loud noises) like films do today.
Catch Candyman Collector’s Edition out on Blu-ray November 20th!