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(1992)

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The bees were bred specifically for this movie. They needed to make sure that the bees were only twelve hours old, so that they looked like mature bees, but their stinger wouldn't be powerful enough to do any real damage.
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Tony Todd was stung by bees 23 times during the space of the Candyman trilogy.
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Exterior, hallway, and stairway scenes were actually filmed for a few days in the infamous Cabrini-Green housing projects, though the producers had to make a deal with the ruling gang members to put them in the movie as extras to ensure the cast and crew's safety during filming. Even with this arrangement, a sniper put a bullet through the production van on the last day of filming, though no one was injured.
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There was in fact, a Candyman killer in real life who is different to the fictional Candyman. Dean Corill was a serial killer in the Houston, Texas area, who raped and murdered numerous boys from 1970 to 1973. He would lure children into his home using candy from his family's factory. So the media dubbed him the "Candyman". Dean Corll had two teenage accomplices who actually helped lure the young boys, but when Dean plotted to rape and kill one of them, they shot and killed him.
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The architecture flaw of the medicine chests and people being able to sneak in, is something that Bernard Rose discovered in his research for the film and there was actually a series of murders that were committed this way.
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On the DVD commentary, Alan Poul said that had Virginia Madsen been unavailable, the part of Helen would have most likely gone to the then unknown Sandra Bullock.
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Virginia Madsen is allergic to bees, so an ambulance was always on-set while filming the bee sequence.
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Philip Glass was asked by Director Bernard Rose to compose a score for this film. Glass accepted and wrote a "gothic" score for chorus and pipe organ. The final version of the film was a disappointment to Glass. He felt that he had been manipulated. What was presented to him as a low budget independent project with creative integrity, became (in his opinion) a low budget Hollywood slasher flick. As a result, Glass witheld his consent for the release of the recordings of the score for years, until 2001.
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"Sweets to the Sweet" which is written at the crime scenes, is a line from William Shakespeare's Hamlet.
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Tony Todd's favorite role and movie of his own.
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Virginia Madsen claims that she was hypnotized for some of the film's scenes.
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Virginia Madsen was hypnotized and given a trigger phrase on set for her scenes with Candyman. Madsen grew increasingly uncomfortable with this method so asked for it to be canceled.
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In a August 2011 interview with Cindy Pearlman of the Chicago Sun Times Tony Todd stated, "I'll never forget that I filmed that movie in a building on the South Side of Chicago. Building 116. Unit C. That's the Candyman pad!"
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The effects crew had a blacksmith make Candyman's hook, but when they went to pick it up, the blacksmith refused to sell it to them. Once he'd heard it was for a Clive Barker horror movie, the devout Christian blacksmith had misgivings about the project.
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Clive Barker's short story took place in Liverpool, England.
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Clive Barker has confronted a number of academics who have accused him of taking advantage of and using a an African American urban legend with the simple fact that HE created the story of The Candyman and that it was, in fact, NOT an actual urban legend
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The Candyman's lair was designed to look like a gothic church constructed by the people who believed in him living in Cabrini Green
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Director Bernard Rose had Virginia Madsen and Tony Todd take ballroom dancing classes together so they would have more of a romantic connection when playing their characters
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
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According to Virginia Madsen, director Bernard Rose used hypnosis to make her look like she was under the Candyman's spell
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Kasi Lemmons plays the best friend here, Bernadette. She played the best friend in another slasher movie before this, The Silence of the Lambs (1991).
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The character of Candyman came in at number 8 on Bloody-Disgusting's "The Top 13 Slashers in Horror Movie History" and ranked the same on Ugo's "Top Eleven Slashers", Tony Todd made #53 on RetroCrush's "The 100 Greatest Horror Movie Performances" for his role.
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There is a Guy Fawkes mask hanging next to Helen's bathroom mirror. Fawkes is an infamous figure in English history (perhaps an allusion to the source novella, which is set in England), who attempted to blow up the English Parliament on November 5, 1605. Guy Fawkes Day was traditionally celebrated by lighting bonfires and burning Fawkes in effigy, although this practice has been curtailed in recent years by the fire department.
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Virginia Madsen was originally set to play the part of Bernadette but with the film's relocation from Liverpool to Chicago, it was decided that the character should be played by an African-American actress.
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Interestingly, "groin to gullet" is another Shakespeare reference, but from Macbeth where it is rendered "From knave to the chaps".
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One of the gang members is wearing Reebok Pumps in the "Dee Brown" colorway, a shoe that is still retroed and popular to this day.
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On the Shout Factory! Bluray commentary, Bernhard Rose and Tony Todd discuss the movies of 2018 (Avengers: Infinity War, A Quiet Place, and Halloween, etc.) as much as they discuss Candyman itself
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Candyman's coat is a very dark purple, emulating a certain candyman of a different kind (Willy Wonka).
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Kasi Lemmons second horror film after The Silence of the Lambs (1991), and the first in which she dies when she gets gutted by Candyman.
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Bernard Rose's then-wife, Alexandra Pigg, was originally set to play Helen but ceded the role to the higher profile Virginia Madsen.
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Helens car is a, 1991 Ford Festiva GL [WA].
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Real bees were actually put into Tony Todd's mouth while they where shooting the climax. His only protection was a mouth guard that kept him from having the bees go down his throat.
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Eddie Murphy was considered for the title role, but was deemed too short at 5'9". They chose Tony Todd for his height at 6'5".
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When Helen is seen talking to Jake at Cabrini-Green you can see the shadow of the gates on her face resembling honeycombs therefore forshawdowing that her face will be covered in bees.
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According to Tony Todd, the studio cut several minutes of footage out to the swirling embrace scene at the end of the film when Candyman tells Helen "Surrender to me" because they were leery of the interracial context of the scene.
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