Helen Lyle is a conducting a research on urban legends. While doing her research she hears the story of Candyman; reportedly by looking into a mirror and saying his name 5 times, he will come and kill you. It’s basically the bloody mary story.
Helen becomes obsessed with this particular urban legend and the way the local housing project of Cabrini-Green is haunted by it. Helen discovers a local gang member who carries a hook around and goes by the name Candyman. Helen is assaulted by a gang and puts him in jail.
Helen has disproved an urban legend and now the urban legend wants revenge. He plans to use Helen to revive the legend. He begins to frame Helen for his murders, including her best friend and her lawyer.
Candyman is gritty, dark and disturbing. It makes an interesting statement on the power of urban legends, however I prefer the similar story structure in a film like Wes Craven’s New Nightmare. That being said, it’s still one of the eeriest and moody horror film history. Sadly the sequels lost those elements and focused primarily on gore.