A children's ghost story comes to terrifying life in this gut-wrenching thriller about a graduate student whose research into modern folklore summons the spirit of the dead. Helen Lyle (Virginia Madsen) laughs when she interviews college freshmen about their superstitions. But when she hears about Candyman, a slave spirit with a hook hand who is said to haunt Chicago's notorious Cabrini-Green housing project, she thinks she has a new twist for this thesis. Braving the gang-ridden territory to visit the site of a brutal murder, Helen arrogantly assumes Candyman can't really exist... until he appears, igniting a string of terrifying, tragic slayings. But the police don't believe in monsters, and they charge Helen with the grisly crimes. Only one person can set her free: CANDYMAN.
Won: Best Actress (Madsen), 1993 Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films; Best Actress (Madsen), Best Music, Audience Award, 1993 Avoriaz Fantastic Film Festival
Nominated: Best Horror Film, Best Writing, Best Make-up, 1993 Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films; Grand Prize, 1993 Avoriaz Fantastic Film Festival; Best Film, 1993 Fantasporto
Elegant horror. -- Richard Harrington, WASHINGTON POST