Candyman (1992 movie)

1992 film directed by Bernard Rose

Candyman is a 1992 American supernatural slasher movie written and directed by Bernard Rose. It stars Virginia Madsen, Tony Todd, Xander Berkeley, Kasi Lemmons, and Vanessa Williams. It is based on the short story "The Forbidden" by Clive Barker.

The movie is about a graduate student in Chicago finishing a thesis on urban legends, which leads her to the legend of "Candyman", the ghost of an artist and son of a slave who was murdered in the late 19th century.

Candyman was released theatrically by TriStar and PolyGram Filmed Entertainment on October 16, 1992. It made over $25 million domestically. It was followed by two sequels, Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh (1995) and Candyman: Day of the Dead (1999).

The movie received a 74% on Rotten Tomatoes with generally positive reviews. However, the movie was controversial at the time due to many racial stereotypes being shown in the movie about African-Americans.[1]


  1. Lovell, Glenn (29 October 1992). "Black Slasher 'Candyman' Draws Fire Over 'racist' Depictions". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 13 September 2015.