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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!"
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.