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Wed, Sep 27 at 8:00pm


  • Dir. Bernard Rose
  • USA
  • 1992
  • 99 min.
  • R
  • DCP
  • Assistive Listening
  • Hearing Loop

Part of Pizza and a Movie.

Pizza and a Movie, co-presented by Slim & Husky's Pizza Beeria and the Belcourt Theatre, is a series of the best Black movies from decades past.

PURCHASE TICKETS**You’ll have the option to add a Slim & Husky’s pizza to your order when you purchase tickets

While researching urban myths, grad student Helen Lyle (Virginia Madsen) learns about the Candyman (Tony Todd), a hook-handed crature who’s said to haunt a Chicago housing project. After a mysterious man matching the Candyman’s description begins stalking her, Helen comes to fear that the legend may be all too real.

Tony Todd’s astounding turn as the hook-handed boogeyman paired with Bernard Rose’s sweeping, impassioned directing, and further bolstered by Philip Glass’s epic score, helped ensure this incredible horror/romance hybrid from the twisted mind of Clive Barker would forever be ingrained in the cultural consciousness.

While acknowledging the racist undertones of the “black man coveting white women” trope which Coleman claims harkens all the way back to D.W. Griffith’s BIRTH OF A NATION, CANDYMAN is significant in the genre for providing a horror icon of color in a time when lily-white madmen Freddy, Jason, and Chucky ruled supreme.

“What I liked was a horror movie that was scaring me with ideas and gore, instead of simply with gore.” —Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times (Oct 16, 1992)

“At its heart, CANDYMAN terrifies because of its ideas.” —Adam Smith, Empire Magazine 

“[An] unusually intelligent horror film.” —Oliver Lyttelton, IndieWire