About The Film

Candyman is an American horror film starring Virginia Madsen, Tony Todd and Xander Berkeley. It was directed by Bernard Rose and is based on the short story “The Forbidden” by Clive Barker, though the film’s scenario is switched from England to the Cabrini–Green public housing development on Chicago’s Near North Side. The plot follows a graduate student completing a thesis on urban legends who encounters the legend of “Candyman”, an artist and son of a slave who was murdered and his hand replaced with a hook. The film was scored by Philip Glass. Candyman was met with critical acclaim and was a box office success.


Virginia Madsen, Tony Todd, Xander Berkeley, Kasi Lemmons


Directed by Bernard Rose
Produced by Steve Goldin, Sigurjon Sighvatsson and Allan Poul
Screenplay by Bernard Rose
Based on Clive Barker’s short story “The Forbidden”
Cinematography by Anthony B. Richmond
Editing by Dan Rae
Music by Philip Glass
Production Company: PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, Propaganda Films
Distributed by TriStar Pictures
Running Time: 99 minutes
Release Date: October 16, 1992 / March 19, 1993
Country: USA / UK

Scene From Candyman

Sweets To The Sweet: The Candyman Mythos

Siskel & Ebert Review Candyman