Director: Bernard Rose
Stars: Virginia Madsen, Tony Todd, Xander Berkeley, Vanessa Williams, Kasi Lemmons, DeJuan Guy, Bernard Rose, Gilbert Lewis, Ted Raimi
Aside from the sadistic classic Hellraiser, writer-director Bernard Rose's Candyman is the rare film that brilliantly captures the alternating hideousness and beauty of author Clive Barker's storytelling; in this case, the source material is Barker's short story "The Forbidden."
In the role that made him a genre movie icon, Tony Todd plays the urban-legend-come-to-life known as Candyman, a Bloody Mary-like entity who's summoned by chanting his name three times before a mirror. Set in and around Chicago's Cabrini Green projects, Candyman is a gruesome and hypnotic piece of urban dread, not to mention a horror flick that's as solidly acted as it is viciously paced. —MB