Review: At Long Last, 'Candyman' is on 4K Ultra

by Ken Tasho

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Tuesday May 24, 2022

Review: At Long Last, 'Candyman' is on 4K Ultra

Back in 2018, the original "Candyman" film came out on Blu-ray from the fine folks at Shout Factory. A remake was released to theaters shortly after... but the superior film that starred Virginia Madsen in 1992 fares much better.. Now, after fans have waited with bated breath, "Candyman" comes out in a long-awaited 4K Ultra HD Collector's Edition.

"Candyman" tried like hell to create a new supernatural villain for the 1990s, and, in many ways, the film succeeds. The movie's unique spin of casting an African-American villain was unheard of at the time, and it doesn't hurt that "Candyman" was executive produced by horror master Clive Barker.

The appearance of the severely underrated actress Virginia Madsen also gives "Candyman" a touch of class. She plays Helen, a graduate student who unwillingly summons the long-dormant killer Candyman — a tortured slave who haunts a local housing project. Bodies start piling up, and yet no one believes poor Helen.

"Candyman" isn't your typical horror film, and features elements of psychological thrillers. Writer/Director Bernard Rose also bastes the movie in gobs of horror atmosphere.

There are two versions of the film to be viewed on Shout's two-disc edition. An unrated cut and the film's original version are included. All of the extras from Shout Factory's previous Blu-ray edition are also spread out over 3 discs, and they include:

"Be My Victim" — Candyman himself, Tony Todd, gives a 25-minute interview and talks about the franchise, his career, and his love of the film.

"It Was Always You Helen" — a charming interview with actress Virginia Madsen who only has fond memories of "Candyman"

"Candyman (1992 Collector's Edition)" is available now on Blu-ray from Shout!Factory.

Ken Tasho is a Corporate Drone by day and Edge Contributor by night. He has a love for all things '80's and resides in the Wayland Square area of Providence, RI...but would much rather be sharing an apartment in NYC with '80's rock goddesses Pat Benatar and Deborah Harry.