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Candyman is the stunning 1992 that has become as classic in the realm of American horror films. It is the brainchild of director Bernard Rose, but is loosely based on a short story from author Clive Barker. Although movies of this film often are lost on the critics and reviewers, the film Candyman has achieved critical acclaim, a cult following, and was a successful box office smash. Candyman star Virginia Madsen as graduate student Helen Lyle. She is preparing research for her college thesis concerning urban legends in modern society. The story begins as Lyle's research brings her face to face with the legendary Candyman. There is plenty of foreshadowing and a well developed plot. Candyman is played brilliantly by Tony Todd. The man behind the urban legend was once an painter, an artist, and the child of a murdered slave. He falls in love with a woman who is white, leading to his lynching by an angry mob that cuts off his artistic hand, and he has it replaced with a hook. He is covered with honey as local people chant 'Candyman' and allow bees to sting him to death. This all seems like interesting research for Lyle, but leads her into a maze of darkness. Her life becomes turned upside down, as she discovers Candyman is real, and he has plans for her to breathe new life into his urban legend. She becomes wrapped up in a series of murders happening around her. Her husband Trevor Lyle, as played by Xander Berkeley, tries to help her. The film has a number of twists and turns that made it exciting film viewing, especially for fans of the horror genre. Candyman was scored by Philip Glass and has a soundtrack that is noteworthy. Candyman met with such success that it has spawned a two film sequels, and a fourth movie is in studio production currently.