Candyman on VHS. Starring Virginia Madsen, Xander Berkeley, Tony Todd, Kasi Lemmons. Based on “The Forbidden” by Clive Barker. Directed by Bernard Rose. 1992.
From the VHS cover:
Stand in front of the mirror, turn off the light, and chant the word “Candyman” five times. Then he’ll appear behind you… if you believe.
A children’s ghost story comes to terrifying life in this gut-wrenching thriller about a graduate student whose research into modern folklore summons the spirit of the dead. Helen Lyle laughs when she interviews college freshman about their superstitions. But when she hears about Candyman, a slave spirit with a hook hand who is said to haunt Chicago’s notorious Cabrini-Green housing project, she thinks she has a new twist for this thesis. Braving the gang-ridden territory to visit the site of a brutal murder, Helen arrogantly assumes Candyman can’t really exist… until he appears, igniting a string of terrifying, tragic slayings. But the police don’t believe in monsters, and they charge Helen with the grisly crimes. And only one person can set her free. Candyman.
DVD upgrade: Candyman (Special Edition)
“The Forbidden” short story by Clive Barker: The Forbidden – eBook Single (Comma Singles)
The soundtrack: Philip Glass : The Music of Candyman