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-> ''Candyman.''\\

''Candyman'' (1992) is a neo-noir / slasher film starring Creator/VirginiaMadsen and Creator/TonyTodd.

Helen Lyle, a graduate student, is conducting research for her thesis on urban legends. While interviewing freshmen about their superstitions she hears about a local legend known as Candyman, the son of a slave named Daniel Robitaille, who was brutally tortured and murdered because of a love affair with the daughter of a local (white) plantation owner. According to the legend, anyone who looks into a mirror and chants his name five times will summon him, but at the cost of his or her own life, similar to the Bloody Mary urban legend. Helen believes that Candyman cannot exist and jokingly calls his name in the mirror in her house.

Little does she know her innocent joke will set in motion a terrifying series of events that will cause her to question what is real and what is legend...

''Candyman'' is based on the short story "The Forbidden" by Creator/CliveBarker, and was followed by two sequels, ''Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh'' (1995) and ''Candyman 3: Day of the Dead''' (1999).

No relation to [[Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory The Candy Man]].

!! Tropes. Tropes. Tropes. Tropes. Tropes.

* AdaptationalAlternateEnding: Candyman's ultimate plan is to allow himself, Helen, and a kidnapped baby to die in a bonfire so that all three can live on in legend, only for Helen to rescue the baby and abandon him. [[spoiler:Candyman wins in Barker's story.]]
* AdaptationExpansion: The film adds the plot of Helen being framed for Candyman's murders.
* AdaptationalHeroism: Anne-Marie and her neighbors were much more culpable for [[spoiler:the murder of her infant son]] in the original short story.
* AdultFear: Seeing the blood-soaked crib of Anne-Marie's baby would send the chills down the spine of any adult. [[spoiler:Even more so when it turns out he's okay, but is almost burned alive when Candyman puts him inside a bonfire heap.]]
* AGodAmI: Thanks to his nature ([[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve requiring belief to continue existing]]), it is hinted that Candyman has this attitude about his "congregation."
* AndThenJohnWasAZombie: [[spoiler: By the end of the film, Helen's trials and tribulations turn her into a murderous urban legend just like Candyman]].
* AnimalMotifs: Bees.
* AntagonistTitle
* ArcWords:
** "Sweets for the sweet."
** "Be my victim."
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: The backstory given by the first movie claims that Candyman was lynched in Cabrini Green around 1890. Construction didn't begin on Cabrini Green until 1942. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that Candyman's urban legend doesn't need precise historical accuracy to give him life and as mentioned in the sequel section it was used to reveal the first film's version of the backstory was proven inaccurate.
* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler:Trevor. Not only was he cheating on Helen with a student, but it is implied that he was going to let her rot in the asylum while he would set off for a new life with his lover. He is shown grieving for Helen after she dies, but by then it is too late for him.]]
* BadassBoast: Candyman has plenty, but this one is the most well known.
--> '''Candyman:''' I am the writing on the wall. The whisper in the classroom. Without these things I am nothing, so I must shed innocent blood.
* BadassLongcoat: Candyman's attire, [[spoiler:which is used to cover his bee-infested ribcage.]]
* BeeAfraid: [[spoiler: Candyman was tortured by having his hand hacked off with a saw, then being covered in honey, which attracted bees that stung him to death.]]
* BeeBeeGun: [[spoiler:When the Candyman opens his coat he's revealed from the neck down to be little more than a skeleton wreathed in the many thousands of bees that killed him.]]
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Subverted. Helen rescues a child from beneath a raging bonfire [[spoiler: and she is horribly burned, later dying from her injuries. While her face is left intact, her scalp becomes a charred mess with only bits of hair left. When we see Helen in her coffin and then as a Candywoman, it's clear the mortuary wax didn't begin to hide what happened to her.]]
* BerserkButton: When Candyman kills you it's either because you summoned him, got in the way of him trying to kill his summoner, or know how to stop him. However, if you happen to be related to him and bitterly deny his relation to you, he'll brutalize you. Octavia learned that the hard way.
* BittersweetEnding: Helen manages to save the baby from the fire and defeat Candyman [[spoiler:only to die from the burns, and become a murderous urban legend herself]].
* BrokenPedestal: After Helen becomes a murder suspect, the attitude of Det. Frank Valento, who initially acted as an ally to Helen to help her investigate the murders and aided her after her assault, [[TookALevelInJerkass turns cold and hostile towards her]]. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] given that the cops found Helen carrying a meat cleaver at a bloody crime scene, was seemingly attacking Anne-Marie when she was found, and has seemingly murdered an infant and brutally killed a dog (which really was killed in-universe, just not by her).
* TheCameo: Ted Raimi as the boyfriend in the opening scene.
* TheCanKickedHim: Why summon the Candyman from a bathroom mirror? Because bathrooms are scary.
* ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve: The Candyman was created by people's belief in him.
* CrapsackWorld: Cabrini Green, a RealLife housing project that in its day was infamous even outside Chicago for its crime problems.
* DaylightHorror: The film has plenty of day scenes that are every bit as frightening as many night scenes in other horror movies. In fact, the Candyman's first full appearance is in broad daylight and it's still very shocking.
* DeathByAdaptation: [[spoiler:Trevor and Bernadette.]]
* DeceptivelySillyTitle
* DisgustingPublicToilet: Not only is the men's room in Cabrini Green a [[TheCanKickedHim great place to get attacked]], it's also filthy, smelly, and broken-down.
* EvilSoundsDeep: Being played by TonyTodd means Candyman has a very deep voice.
* FanDisservice: Helen is arrested and stripped by the police. The fact that the beautiful Virginia Madsen is naked is quite overshadowed by the fact that she is crying and covered in blood. Ten minutes after this scene, however, there's a scene of her taking a bath that is so blatantly {{Fanservice}} that it seems like an apology.
* FantasticNoir: The first film plays out partially like FilmNoir.
* FinalGirl: Subverted in the first film, but played completely straight in the second and third.
* GodsNeedPrayerBadly: The biggest threat to Candyman's existence in the movie is that people will stop believing in him, and the situation's quasi-religious nature is played to the hilt.
* GroinAttack: [[KickTheDog A very disturbing example]] happens in the original to a kid in a park restroom.
* HeelFaceDoorSlam: [[spoiler:After Helen dies, Trevor seems to feel pangs of guilt for how he treated her. Then he chants her name in front of the mirror...]]
* TheHeroDies: [[spoiler:Helen herself at the end of the first film. It also partially counts as a HeroicSacrifice.]]
* HeroWithBadPublicity: Helen Lyle, due to being suspected for the murders.
* HookHand: Candyman's weapon of choice.
* InfantImmortality: [[spoiler:Played straight with the baby Helen rescues in the film, but super averted in the short story.]]
** [[spoiler:Also averted with the boy who has a run-in with Candyman in the restroom.]]
* KillItWithFire: [[spoiler:The way they deal with Candyman at the end. Unfortunately, Helen dies that way as well... resulting in [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie her vengeful spirit]] to be WreathedInFlames with FlamingHair.]]
* MalignedMixedMarriage: Partially how Candyman came into existence. The original "Candyman" was a young, well-to-do black man who fell in love with a white woman (who is implied to have borne a striking resemblance to Helen). Her disapproving father hired some thugs to hack off his right hand and cover him in honey, [[CruelAndUnusualDeath attracting bees that stung him to death]]. Legend did the rest.
* MagicMirror: Candyman can be summoned from any mirror.
** And of course [[spoiler:he has his own magic mirror that harbors his very soul, previously owned by the farm plantation's daughter]].
* MirrorMonster: Saying Candyman's name five times in front of a mirror will summon the killer who will slay you with his HookHand. At the end of the movie, [[spoiler:Helen]] has become a vengeful spirit who can be summoned by saying her name five times while facing a mirror.
* MissingWhiteWomanSyndrome: Referenced.
--> '''Helen Lyle:''' Yeah, but y'know what bugs me about the whole thing? Two people get brutally murdered and the cops do nothing, whereas a white woman goes in there and gets attacked and they lock the place down.
* MurderIntoMalevolence:
** Candyman was a freedman raised in "polite society", i.e. white society, who fell in love with a plantation owner's daughter while painting her portrait. When she became pregnant, her father [[TorchesAndPitchforks had a mob chase him down]] and brutally murder him. End result: he became a murderous spirit who now only cares to "empower his myth" by hunting down anyone who chants his name five times into a mirror and gutting them with a hook.
** Candyman {{invoke|dTrope}}s this trope himself in the first film: he torments and ultimately causes the violent death of the female protagonist. The twist ending reveals she too becomes a murderous spirit.
* OnePhoneCall: Played with. After Helen is arrested by the police on murder charges and informed of her Miranda rights, she asks for a phone call to contact her husband, but it's never stated that she has any rights to one or that it's the only one she'll get.
* RaceLift: The Candyman in Barker's original story had been described as an imposing white man with an unruly red beard.
* ScaryBlackMan: Creator/TonyTodd as the Candyman... and, you know, in general.
* TheScottishTrope
* [[ShoutOut/ToShakespeare Shout-Out: To Shakespeare]]: "Sweets to the sweet" is taken from a line from ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}''.
** Candyman's coat is a very dark purple, emulating [[Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory a certain candyman of a different kind]].
* ShroudedInMyth: Of course.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: [[spoiler:Anne-Marie's baby.]]
* SpeakOfTheDevil: Saying Candyman's name five times into a mirror will summon him, in a nod to the Bloody Mary legend.
* SpookyPainting: The giant graffiti of Candyman's screaming face that Helen sees in the semi-abandoned projects.
* SortingAlgorithmOfMortality: As stated above, averted. Among Candyman's many victims are a child, a dog, [[spoiler:(attempted) a baby, and (indirectly) the white female protagonist]].
* SoundOnlyDeath: Candyman's murder of [[spoiler:Bernadette]].
* SurrealHorror: Given this film odes to Creator/StanleyKubrick, this can be expected.
* TemptingFate: Go Ahead: Say the curse and visit previous murder sites. WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong?
* TriggerPhrase: Saying Candyman's name five times in front of a mirror is what summons him.
** And [[spoiler:Helen]] at the end of the movie.
* TruthInTelevision: Even though the method of killing may have been more "creative" than real life, Candyman's story (minus the supernatural elements) tragically happened many times in U.S. history. From the time of slavery until the mid-20th Century, being involved with a white woman would have been a ''very'' good way for a black man to fall victim to a lynch mob.
%%* UrbanLegends
* VengefulGhost: Candyman is the nickname of the son of a slave who was brutally tortured and murdered because of a love affair with the daughter of a local (white) plantation owner. "Candyman" himself became an urban legend: if you mention his name five times in the front of a mirror, you can be killed by him. The film is about how a girl discovers the urban myth is not just a myth and after that things GoneHorriblyWrong.
* VillainousBreakdown: At the end of the film [[spoiler:after Helen escapes Candyman's clutches and leaves him to perish alone in the flames]].
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Candyman became an undead monster after he was murdered by a lynch mob because he was a cultured black man who fell in love with a white woman in the 19th century.
* WretchedHive: Cabrini Green, much as it was in RealLife. Helen's thesis is about how the residents use urban legends like Candyman to deal with the constant horrors of living there. Candyman feeds off of their fear to survive, [[spoiler:and is vanquished when they burn him in a bonfire]].
** UsefulNotes/NewOrleans is treated similarly in the sequel.
* TheWormThatWalks: [[spoiler: See BeeBeeGun.]]
* WouldHurtAChild: [[spoiler:Candyman does not discriminate when choosing victims.]]

!!''Farewell to the Flesh'' has examples of:

* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler:Detective Levesque, who seems to be more interested in nailing a perp from the elite crowd than actually finding the real killer. Ties in with TemptingFate, since he forced Ethan's face against the reflective interrogation mirror as he did the "Candyman" chant as a means of breaking him]].
* ContinuitySnarl: Purcell's exposition in the first movie stated that Candyman died at Cabrini Green, in UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}. The sequel then establishes that he really lived and died in UsefulNotes/NewOrleans.
* HorrorDoesntSettleForSimpleTuesday: The events of the film take place during [[ItsAlwaysMardiGrasInNewOrleans Mardi Gras]].
* LadyDrunk: Annie's mother Octavia is dying from cancer, and she spends her days drinking liquor and being unpleasant to anyone who isn't part of her family.
* LiterallyShatteredLives: [[spoiler:After the mirror containing Daniel Robitaille's soul is destroyed, his manifestation on front of Annie turns into glass and shatters into pieces]].
* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler:Annie discovers that she is the great-great-granddaughter of the Candyman]].
* SomeoneToRememberHimBy: [[spoiler:Paul]] dies, but not before leaving his girlfriend a parting gift.
* SoulJar: Annie comes to learn that on the moment of his death, Daniel Robitaille's soul transferred into a mirror that was being held by his lover Caroline. In order to stop Candyman, that mirror must be destroyed.
* SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome: [[spoiler:Phillip Purcell]] is first to meet his doom after he defies the Candyman myth by reciting his name on front of reflective surface five times.
%%* TitleDrop

!!''Day of the Dead'' has examples of:

%%* ClearMyName
* DeceasedFallGuyGambit: After Candyman has been dealt with once and for all, [[spoiler:Kraft]] appears, intending to kill Caroline with [[HooksAndCrooks a hook]]. Once he is dealt with also, all the previous killing are pinned on him.
* HooksAndCrooks: Annie destroys the painting containing the last piece of Candyman's essence with a hook.
* HorrorDoesntSettleForSimpleTuesday: Candyman anews his terror around the time when Mexico prepares to celebrate Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos).
* SpookyPainting: Candyman's [[SoulJar good side is held within]] a set of paintings, notably his own, and as everybody knows evil can't exist without good, so Caroline has to destroy the paintings to kill him.
%%* SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome: [[spoiler: Annie Tarrant]].
* TitleOfTheDead: Used as a subtitle.