(Bernard Rose, 1992)

Let’s talk about a film based on the short story “The Forbidden” by writer Clive Barker, which has since become a classic of the horror genre. The plot revolves around Helen Lyle (played by Virginia Madsen), a sociology student conducting research on an urban legend known as “Candyman.”

According to the legend, if one says his name five times in front of a mirror, Candyman appears and kills the person who summoned him. Intrigued by the Candyman story, Helen begins to investigate the facts and discovers that Candyman was a painter named Daniel Robitaille, who was lynched in 1890 because he fell in love with a white woman and had a relationship with her.

Unaware of the consequences, Helen utters Candyman’s name in front of a mirror and plunges into a world of terror. As the story progresses, Helen becomes involved in a series of murders and haunted by strange supernatural events until she finds herself fighting for her own life.


Candyman is a horror film that stands out for its combination of urban folklore elements, eerie atmosphere, and deep social themes. One of the most interesting features of the film is its exploration of racism and segregation themes.
Candyman was a victim of deep racial hatred, and his revenge focuses mainly on those who perpetuate these injustices. The film highlights how violent actions of the past can influence the present and generate a cycle of violence and revenge.

Tony Todd’s performance as Candyman is remarkable. His imposing presence, deep voice, and mix of charisma and terror make him a memorable and iconic character in the horror genre.

His ambiguous relationship with Helen, who seems to be a modern incarnation of the woman he loved and was killed for, adds a dark romantic element to the plot.

Bernard Rose’s direction contributes to creating an eerie and claustrophobic atmosphere. The dark cinematography and play of light and shadow accentuate the sense of threat and mystery.

The soundtrack, composed by Philip Glass, contributes to creating a sinister and eerie atmosphere, with its sustained notes increasing emotional tension.

The success of the film spawned two sequels: “Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh” in 1995 and “Candyman: Day of the Dead” in 1999. In 2021, a new film titled simply “Candyman,” directed by Nia DaCosta and produced by Jordan Peele, was released, serving as a sequel/spin-off of the series.

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