Helen Lyle is a student who decides to write a thesis about local legends and myths. She visits a part of the town, where she learns about the legend of the Candyman, a one-armed man who appears when you say his name five times, in front of a mirror. Of course, Helen doesn't believe all this stuff, but the people of the area are really afraid. When she ignores their warnings and begins her investigation in the places that he is rumored to appear, a series of horrible murders begins. Could the legend be true?
Brilliant adaptation of Clive Barker's novel. This film is a perfect example of a 'recursive' horror movie, a horror movie about horror, like Wes Craven's New Nightmare.
Highly recommended to all horror fans.
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Based upon Clive Barker's classic horror short, 'The Forbidden'. The movie moves the action from a Liverpool housing estate to the housing projects of an American city, not only making it Yank friendly, but successfully making the story more successful and drawing upon racial and social contexts.
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