Candyman (1992)

R | 101 mins | Horror | 16 October 1992

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HISTORY

End credits include the following statements: “Special thanks to: Michael Kuhn, Adam Krentzman, Banque Paribas, Alexandra Pigg, Charles Geocaris, Polygram Holding, Inc., Janet Kerrigan, Gina Resnick, Austin Lander, Monica Reyes, Detective Tom Manaher, Malcolm Ritchie, Ted McKinney, Kathryn Smith, Miles Mogulescu, Jill Tandy, Ron Verkuilen, Jim Tauber, Kurt Woolner” and “Filmed in Chicago and at Occidental Studios, Hollywood.”
       The film is based on Clive Barker’s short story, “The Forbidden.” However, production notes in AMPAS library files state the filmmakers changed the story’s location from Liverpool, England, to Chicago, IL.
       The 12 Aug 1991 Var reported the film was budgeted at $8 million, while the 10 Aug 1992 Var noted the cost was $9 million. According to production notes, principal photography of exterior and aerial sequences began in early Nov 1991 in Chicago, IL. Chicago locations included the Cabrini Green housing project. The company moved to Los Angeles, CA, to film interior scenes. Bees were a “motif” of the film and nearly 200,000 bees were used during principal photography. Dr. Norman Gary, a professor of entymology at UC Davis/Sacramento, was hired as the bee wrangler. For a scene involving the seduction of actress Virginia Madsen’s character by actor Tony Todd, Dr. Gary bred batches of bees that do not sting within the first forty-eight hours of life. The scene also required Tony Todd’s mouth to be full of bees, and a mouth device was created that could hold 200 bees. A special, low-suction “bee vacuum” was used between takes to safely gather the bees.
       Articles in the 10 Aug 1992 Var and the 22 ... More Less

End credits include the following statements: “Special thanks to: Michael Kuhn, Adam Krentzman, Banque Paribas, Alexandra Pigg, Charles Geocaris, Polygram Holding, Inc., Janet Kerrigan, Gina Resnick, Austin Lander, Monica Reyes, Detective Tom Manaher, Malcolm Ritchie, Ted McKinney, Kathryn Smith, Miles Mogulescu, Jill Tandy, Ron Verkuilen, Jim Tauber, Kurt Woolner” and “Filmed in Chicago and at Occidental Studios, Hollywood.”
       The film is based on Clive Barker’s short story, “The Forbidden.” However, production notes in AMPAS library files state the filmmakers changed the story’s location from Liverpool, England, to Chicago, IL.
       The 12 Aug 1991 Var reported the film was budgeted at $8 million, while the 10 Aug 1992 Var noted the cost was $9 million. According to production notes, principal photography of exterior and aerial sequences began in early Nov 1991 in Chicago, IL. Chicago locations included the Cabrini Green housing project. The company moved to Los Angeles, CA, to film interior scenes. Bees were a “motif” of the film and nearly 200,000 bees were used during principal photography. Dr. Norman Gary, a professor of entymology at UC Davis/Sacramento, was hired as the bee wrangler. For a scene involving the seduction of actress Virginia Madsen’s character by actor Tony Todd, Dr. Gary bred batches of bees that do not sting within the first forty-eight hours of life. The scene also required Tony Todd’s mouth to be full of bees, and a mouth device was created that could hold 200 bees. A special, low-suction “bee vacuum” was used between takes to safely gather the bees.
       Articles in the 10 Aug 1992 Var and the 22 Oct 1992 HR reported that TriStar Pictures committed to the domestic theatrical distribution of Candyman, noting that it was a “good example of corporate synergy at Sony Pictures Entertainment.” William Soady, TriStar’s president of distribution, reported the film was brought to them through Columbia TriStar Home Video, which partially financed Candyman through a partnership agreement with Propaganda Films and PolyGram Filmed Entertainment. Columbia TriStar Home Video financed numerous independent titles for its “homevideo pipeline,” and TriStar did not have “predetermined” rights to the film, but viewed Candyman before other distributors. TriStar sublicensed the film, marking the first time they had “delivered a wide release” for a Columbia TriStar Home Video product.
       Candyman was released 16 Oct 1992 on 1,251 screens. The 22 Oct 1992 HR stated that recent horror films had performed poorly, particularly in smaller markets. TriStar deliberately opened the film in larger markets, and expanded the following week into the smaller markets with an additional 230 screens. HR noted Candyman opened strong, with a box-office gross of $5.4 million in its first weekend.
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BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Hollywood Reporter
22 Oct 1992.
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Los Angeles Times
16 Oct 1992
p. 6.
New York Times
16 Oct 1992
p. 10.
Variety
12 Aug 1991.
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Variety
10 Aug 1992.
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Variety
12 Oct 1992
p. 187.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
TriStar Pictures Presents
In Association With PolyGram Filmed Entertainment
A Propaganda Films Production
A Bernard Rose Film
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d asst dir
2d 2d asst dir
2d 2d asst dir
2d 2d asst dir, Chicago crew
PRODUCERS
Prod
Line prod
Exec prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Addl cam op
Steadicam op
Steadicam op
1st A.C. steadicam
Video playback
Video asst
Still photog
Gaffer
Best boy - elec
Key grip
Best boy - grip
Dolly grip
Cam loader, Chicago crew
Gaffer, Chicago crew
Best boy - elec, Chicago crew
Key grip, Chicago crew
Best boy - grip, Chicago crew
Dolly grip, Chicago crew
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir
Art dept supv
Asst art dir
Asst art dir
Art dept coord
Art dept asst
Illustrator
Illustrator
Illustrator
Asst art dir, Chicago crew
Asst art dir, Chicago crew
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Post prod supv
Post prod coord
1st asst ed
2d asst ed
Apprentice ed
Apprentice ed
Negative cutting
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Asst set dec
On set dresser
Leadman
Leadman
Swing gang
Swing gang
Swing gang
Swing gang
Swing gang
Scenic paint foreman
Painter
Painter
Painter
Painter
Prop master
Props asst
Const coord
Leadman carpenter
On set carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Propmaker carpenter
Carpenter apprentice
Prop lead, Chicago crew
COSTUMES
Cost des
Asst cost des
Ward supv
Ward lead, Chicago crew
MUSIC
Mus score prod by
Mus score prod by, for Euphorbia Productions, Ltd.
Mus score arr & cond by
Vocal performance by
Exec prod - mus
Eng
SOUND
Sd des by
Sd mixer
Boom op
2d boom op
Sd supv
Sd supv
Sd supv
Synclavier op
Dial ed
Asst dial ed
Asst foley ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
ADR mixer
ADR rec
Foley mixer
Foley rec
Foley artist
Foley artist
Foley artist
ADR voice casting
Dolby consultant
Post prod sd facilities
Post prod sd facilities
VISUAL EFFECTS
Visual eff
Visual eff art dir
Process eff supv
Opt eff supv
Computer generated imagery
Spec eff created by
Spec eff team
Spec eff team
Spec eff team
Spec eff team
Spec eff team
Spec eff team
Spec eff services provided by
MAKEUP
Spec makeup eff by
Key makeup
Key hairstylist
Makeup/Hair asst
Spec makeup eff created by
Supv, Image Animation
Senior artist, Image Animation
Senior tech, Image Animation
Image Animation crew
Image Animation crew
Image Animation crew
Image Animation crew
Image Animation crew
Image Animation crew
PRODUCTION MISC
Exec in charge of prod
Casting
Prod coord
Scr supv
Scr consultant
Asst coord
Prod auditor
Asst auditor
Casting assoc
Extras casting
Loc mgr
Loc asst
Asst to Mr. Paul
Asst to Mr. Rose
Asst to Mr. Rose
Prod assoc
Helicopter pilot
Gyrosphere op
Gyrosphere tech
Bee wrangler
Asst bee wrangler
Animal trainer
Transportation coord
Transportation capt
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Craft services
Set medic
Stage mgr
Child welfare
Child welfare
Child welfare
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Intern
Machine op
Stage eng
Post prod accounting
Post prod accounting
Prod supv, Chicago crew
Unit mgr, Chicago crew
Prod coord, Chicago crew
Accounting asst, Chicago crew
Casting, Chicago crew
Extras casting, Chicago crew
Loc asst, Chicago crew
Catering, Chicago crew
Catering, Chicago crew
Craft service, Chicago crew
Paramedic, Chicago crew
Security, Chicago crew
Transportation coord, Chicago crew
Transportation capt, Chicago crew
Prod asst, Chicago crew
Prod asst, Chicago crew
Prod asst, Chicago crew
Prod asst, Chicago crew
Chicago consultant, Chicago crew
Completion bond
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Stunts
COLOR PERSONNEL
Film timer
Col by
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the short story "The Forbidden" by Clive Barker (publication date undetermined).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
16 October 1992
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 16 October 1992
New York opening: week of 16 October 1992
Production Date:
began early November 1991
Copyright Claimant:
Candyman Films, Inc.
Copyright Date:
12 January 1993
Copyright Number:
PA598004
Physical Properties:
Sound
This film recorded in a THX sound system theater
Sound
Lucasfilm Ltd. THX sound system
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
Lenses
Filmed with Panavision cameras & lenses
Duration(in mins):
101
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
31870
SYNOPSIS

Helen Lyle and Bernadette Walsh, two graduate students at the University of Illinois in Chicago, research their thesis on urban legends. Helen records a student’s story about “Candyman,” a monster who appears if you look in the mirror and say Candyman five times. Helen stops by her husband Trevor’s class and notes the flirtatious attentions of his student, Stacey. Later, as Helen transcribes the Candyman recording, the cleaning women inform her that Candyman lives at Cabrini Green, an infamous Chicago housing project. They insist he killed a woman named Ruthie Jean, who was found gutted by a hook. Helen scans newspaper articles for information on Ruthie Jean’s death and the Cabrini Green housing project. She discovers that a killer could have entered Ruthie Jean’s apartment from an adjacent unit through the medicine cabinet. Helen wants to focus their thesis on the Cabrini Green community, who attribute the horror of their daily life to a mythical figure. Helen and Bernadette do not believe the Candyman story and challenge each other to look in the mirror and say his name five times. Bernadette stops after the fourth time, but Helen says Candyman aloud the fifth time. Helen wants to search Ruthie Jean’s apartment and question Cabrini Green residents. Bernadette is reluctant to visit the dangerous area, overrun with gang activity, and brings weapons to protect them. As they pass the apartment adjacent to Ruthie Jean’s, a dog barks and the tenant, Anne-Marie McCoy, eyes them suspiciously. Ruthie Jean’s dilapidated apartment has been abandoned and Bernadette reluctantly follows Helen into the bathroom where Ruthie Jean was murdered. ... +


Helen Lyle and Bernadette Walsh, two graduate students at the University of Illinois in Chicago, research their thesis on urban legends. Helen records a student’s story about “Candyman,” a monster who appears if you look in the mirror and say Candyman five times. Helen stops by her husband Trevor’s class and notes the flirtatious attentions of his student, Stacey. Later, as Helen transcribes the Candyman recording, the cleaning women inform her that Candyman lives at Cabrini Green, an infamous Chicago housing project. They insist he killed a woman named Ruthie Jean, who was found gutted by a hook. Helen scans newspaper articles for information on Ruthie Jean’s death and the Cabrini Green housing project. She discovers that a killer could have entered Ruthie Jean’s apartment from an adjacent unit through the medicine cabinet. Helen wants to focus their thesis on the Cabrini Green community, who attribute the horror of their daily life to a mythical figure. Helen and Bernadette do not believe the Candyman story and challenge each other to look in the mirror and say his name five times. Bernadette stops after the fourth time, but Helen says Candyman aloud the fifth time. Helen wants to search Ruthie Jean’s apartment and question Cabrini Green residents. Bernadette is reluctant to visit the dangerous area, overrun with gang activity, and brings weapons to protect them. As they pass the apartment adjacent to Ruthie Jean’s, a dog barks and the tenant, Anne-Marie McCoy, eyes them suspiciously. Ruthie Jean’s dilapidated apartment has been abandoned and Bernadette reluctantly follows Helen into the bathroom where Ruthie Jean was murdered. Helen knocks out the medicine cabinet and crawls through. When she looks back from the other side, she sees the medicine cabinet opening forms the mouth in a large portrait of an African-American man painted on the wall. She photographs paintings and graffiti in the hidden lair before returning to Ruthie Jean’s apartment. Anne-Marie McCoy enters and confronts Helen and Bernadette. They tell her about their thesis and follow Anne-Marie back to her apartment. She picks up her baby, Anthony, and insists she is trying to protect him from the gangs outside and Candyman in the building. That night, Helen and Trevor dine with Bernadette and other academics. Purcell, a pompous colleague, learns of their Candyman angle and tells Helen to read the paper he wrote about Candyman years earlier. Helen admits she does not know the Candyman backstory, and he shares the legend, which first appeared in 1890. Candyman’s father was a slave who prospered after the Civil War. Candyman was well-educated and became a portrait artist. When a wealthy landowner commissioned Candyman to paint a portrait of his daughter, they fell in love and the daughter became pregnant. The father hired killers who chased Candyman to Cabrini Green and cut off his right hand. They stole a honeycomb from a nearby apiary and smeared it over Candyman’s body. After the bees stung him to death, the men burned Candyman’s body and scattered his ashes over Cabrini Green. According to legend, Candyman haunts Cabrini Green, killing with a hook shoved into the stump of his right hand. Helen visits Cabrini Green again to take more photographs and questions a young boy, Jake, about Candyman. He leads her past an enormous stack of rubble being prepared for a bonfire and stops at the men’s public restroom, where a boy was reportedly killed by Candyman. As Helen steps inside and photographs the filthy restroom, a gang leader known as “Candyman” arrives. He leads three cohorts inside, confronts Helen, and knocks her unconscious with his heavy hook. The police converge on Cabrini Green and arrest “Candyman” and his men. Helen is the first person willing to testify against them, and police are certain they have the killers of Ruthie Jean and the boy. Helen thanks Jake for rescuing her, but he is worried Candyman will get him. Helen insists the gang leader pretended to be Candyman to scare everyone, and assures Jake that Candyman is just a story. Helen’s camera was smashed in the attack, but Bernadette’s friend saved several photos and developed them into slides. Thanks to publicity from the attack, Bernadette is fielding offers from interested publishers. Alone in a university parking garage, Helen hears Candyman call her. She sees a tall African-American man dressed in a stately coat and brandishing a hook pushed into the bloody stump of his right hand. Helen falls into a trance-like state as Candyman reveals that her lack of belief in his existence compelled him to materialize to reassert his legend. Helen faints and regains consciousness in Anne-Marie’s apartment, covered with the blood of Anne-Marie’s decapitated dog. She picks up a meat cleaver lying next to the dead animal and rushes to the baby’s room where Anne-Marie screams by the empty, blood-soaked crib. Anne-Marie attacks Helen, accusing her of murdering the baby. Helen hits Anne-Marie with the cleaver as police arrive. At the police station, Helen attempts to explain that she was attacked by Candyman, but no one believes her. In her jail cell, Helen has flashes of the baby being alive in Candyman’s lair. The next day, her husband and lawyer take her home. The lawyer reveals she has not yet been charged because police think the baby may be alive. Trevor worries about leaving Helen alone, but he has to stop at work. After Trevor leaves, Candyman appears and announces that Helen must join him or the baby will die in her place. As she runs from him and grabs a knife, Bernadette arrives. Helen screams a warning, but Candyman kills Bernadette. Trevor returns to find Bernadette’s dead body and Helen clutching a kitchen knife. Helen is arrested and locked in a psychiatric ward. Candyman floats above her bed, but disappears when attendants enter to tranquilize her. Helen regains consciousness and believes it is only the next day, but learns she has been sedated for a month. She meets with Dr. Burke, who will assess her ability to stand trial for first degree murder. Helen knows she did not murder Bernadette and offers to prove it. She looks in the mirror and says Candyman five times. Candyman appears behind Dr. Burke and guts him. Helen steals a nurse’s uniform and escapes. She rushes to her condominium and discovers that Trevor’s student, Stacey, has moved in with him. Helen goes to Candyman’s lair in Cabrini Green and makes a deal to surrender herself to him in exchange for the baby’s life. Candyman swarms with bees as he kisses her, and she faints. When she regains consciousness, she sees he has written “It was always you Helen” above a painting of the woman he loved, whose face is a likeness of Helen’s. She hears the baby crying and sees Candyman has placed the infant beneath the bonfire pile. She grabs the hook, rushes outside and digs deep into the mountain of rubble until she finds the baby. The boy, Jake, sees her, realizes Candyman has returned, and alerts the residents. As they douse the wood with kerosene and light the fire, Candyman places his hand over Helen’s mouth. Helen sees Anne-Marie through the flames, and struggles against Candyman, yelling that he lied about saving the baby. She grabs a torch and thrusts it inside Candyman. Protecting the infant with her body, Helen crawls through the bonfire. She is ablaze as she crawls out and people rush to put out the flames. Helen hands the baby to Anne-Marie, then dies. Inside the bonfire, bees burst from Candyman’s body and Jake watches him burn. At Helen’s funeral, Jake and Anne-Marie lead a stream of people from Cabrini Green and Jake places the hook on Helen’s coffin. Later, at their condo, Stacey makes dinner for Trevor as he sits in the bathroom, distraught. He looks in the mirror and says Helen’s name five times. She appears behind her husband and slices him to death with a hook. +

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