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Candyman [Special Edition] [DVD] [1992]

  • SKU: 6742475
  • Release Date: 08/17/2004
  • Rating: R
Clive Barker's highly underrated spook-house horror pic Candyman comes home to DVD in a packed Special Edition that's sure to get the juices flowing for fright fans everywhere. Updating the film's previous 1998 bare-bones release, Columbia TriStar pulls out the blood-red carpet for the flick this time, loading it with all the hot stuff you've come to expect. Presented with a 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen image, the picture complements the film well, though the lone Dolby Digital Surround leaves a lot to be desired, especially considering how other less-regarded horror fare come standard with 5.1 tracks at the time of this release (New Line's release of The Mangler, anyone?). Audio gripes aside, the rest of the disc is where the DVD really shines, starting off with a commentary from director Bernard Rose, writer Clive Barker, producer Alan Poul, and actors Virginia Madsen, Kasi Lemmons, and the Candyman himself, Tony Todd. While cut-and-paste tracks aren't usually the kind to write home about, this one delivers a rock-steady commentary out of many separate tracks that, while not exactly scene-specific, does have some fine information on the production and the extreme lengths the filmmakers went to during the shoot (including hypnotizing star Madsen for most of the film!). Those who haven't caught up with Clive Barker are also in for a big surprise -- it seems the years of cigar smoking have finally caught up with him in a big way, which you'll discover even more in his ten-minute "Raising Hell" featurette. Looking like he has rapidly aged, with a gravel-filled voice that now sounds like one of his horrific creations, Barker is quite jarring to listen to as well as to look at. "Raising Hell" features the scribe looking back at his career, with lengthy time dedicated to his early days in the theater leading up to his time behind the camera with Hellraiser, Nightbreed, and Lord of Illusions. The 24-minute "Sweets to the Sweet: The Candyman Mythos" featurette is also included and delves far more into change of settings from Liverpool in the book to Chicago's Cabrini Green and how the race angle of the hooked killer changed once Tony Todd took on the part. With a collection of the director's storyboards and a few pretty lame previews for other horror projects, this DVD comes to a close. While the original theatrical trailer would have been a nice inclusion, as would have a more decent audio mix, this Special Edition serves its purpose and certainly gives viewers more Candyman than they had before, which is a good thing, just as long as you're not talking about the dreadful sequels.

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    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (14 out of 14)

    Special Features

    • Filmmaker's commentary
    • "Clive Barker: Raising Hell" featurette
    • "Sweets to the Sweet: The Candyman Mythos" featurette
    • Bernard Rose storyboards
    • Bonus previews
    • Closed Captioned


    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 graduate student Helen Lyle (Virginia Madsen) becomes aware of the prevalent superstition surrounding the legend of "Candyman" (Tony Todd)--a hook-wielding phantom who will appear if his name is recited five times into a mirror--among the tenants of Chicago's Cabrini Green project. A senior professor, hearing of Helen's research, explains the historical basis for the legend, detailing how Candyman is believed to be the vengeful spirit of a former slave who, though initially respected in academia, was set upon and mutilated by an angry mob when accused of taking a white mistress. When the clinically-detached Helen flaunts her intellectual confidence by reciting Candyman's name five times, she sets in motion an inevitable series of supernatural events -- culminating in a series of grisly killings, after which Helen is invariably found holding the bloody murder weapon. Though she is captured by the police, it becomes evident to Helen that Candyman is guiding her fate every step of the way. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Virginia Madsen
      Virginia Madsen - Helen Lyle
    • Tony Todd
      Tony Todd - Candyman
    • Xander Berkeley
      Xander Berkeley - Trevor Lyle
    • Kasi Lemmons
      Kasi Lemmons - Bernadette Walsh
    • Vanessa A. Williams
      Vanessa A. Williams - Anne-Marie McCoy

    Customer rating

    Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 14 reviews

    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      "Believe in Me"


      I first watched this movie when i was eight years old and, needless to say, I scared for a long time after watching it. I had to take all the mirrors out of my room and i wouldn't use the bathroom at night. If you want a movie that will keep you on the edge of your seat, Clive Barker's "Candyman" is the way to go! When a young Daniel (later called the Candayman) was asked to paint pictures of a plantation owner's young daughter, he agreed. The two became close and eventually fell in love, and the daughter became pregnant. When the plantation owner found out that a black man had caused his daughter to become pregnant, he sent a mob out to kill him. The mob caught Daniel and cut off his hand with a rusty saw, leaving nothing but a bloody stump. But they didn't stop there: they covered him with bees as they stung him to death. Now, Daniel is back, but is back as the "Candyman", a legend greatly feared in the local gang territory. Calling his name five times in the mirror brings him back, and a string of murders follows. Call his name five times, if you're brave enough.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Dare you call his name five times?

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      This is one scary movie! I saw two and three first, then this one, I can safely say the sequels are immaterial to this one. Director Bernard Rose makes it very creepy with a gruesome surprise around every corner, plus the creepy music only adds to the atmosphere. Virginia Madsen plays Helen, a woman who's husband teaches urban mythology at a local university in Cabrini Green, she doesn't believe in first. She calls his name five times as the legend says to disprove he's real. That's her first mistake, because he does appear, destroying her life in the process. I'm glad I didn't see this in theatres, I would've been terrified, it still freaks me out now, even though I own it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Better than expected

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      If you liked Candyman, I can't see why you wouldn't like this one too. It gives a better history of the character which gives greater value to the story. I read reviews here that kind of shot this one down, but I disagree. No, you're not going to ooh and aah at the special effects, but this movie did not disappoint me at all.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      say his name 5 times in the mirror


      This is a really good horror film from the 90's.It seems everyone knows the legend of candyman.You turn off the lights and look in the mirror and say his name five times he shows up with a hook for a hand and either kills you or cuts you depending on if you believe in him or not. So try it if you dare. Bloody Mary works just as well. HA HA HA. Happy Halloween Slimdwiz

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Best. Movie. Ever. Literally.


      This is my favorite movie. I just watched it a couple of months ago and wow, I still think about it every day. I can't put into words how fantastic Candyman is. Every scene was awesome for every reason. The plot is even better than it sounds, same goes for the movie. Not what I expected. That's a good thing.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Don't say his name


      I remember watching this movie when I was a kid and my parents told me it would give me nightmares; well it did just that and more. I was so scared to use the restroom and look into the mirror. Great movie even when time is passing I think that it’s a movie you can go back to and feel fear.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


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      I had seen this from long ago,and let someone borrow it and the second one;and never got them back. So,I bought them again,and it was nice to remember the movie. It was different from other horror pics at that time,a classic to this day.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Solid Slasher Film

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      Tony Todd is great as the creepy titular character and Virginia Madsen is solid as the lead. It has some pretty great and bloody kills too.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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