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Say his name five times and he shall ap­pear... Candy­man mar­ries an ir­re­sistible premise to some mud­dled themes, but re­mains an ef­fec­tive and un­con­ven­tional slasher.

Grad stu­dent He­len Lyle (Vir­ginia Mad­sen) is work­ing on a the­sis about ur­ban leg­ends and fo­cuses on the story of the Candy­man, a venge­ful ghost whom she un­wisely pro­ceeds to sum­mon. Hook-handed and vaguely eroti­cised (well it is based on a Clive Barker story), car­nage en­sues.

The film has it­self be­come a bit of a leg­end thanks to Todd’s per­for­mance. Ef­fort­lessly men­ac­ing, he also brings a sense of no­bil­ity. Its han­dling of racial is­sues is con­fused to say the least, but the film has bags of at­mos­phere and looks gor­geous in this new 4K scan.

Ex­tras Both the US and UK cuts are in­cluded in this new Spe­cial Edi­tion re­lease. A prime fea­ture is a half-hour in­ter­view with Barker, look­ing back over his film ca­reer. “Un­wrap­ping Candy­man” smartly cri­tiques the film’s at­ti­tude to race. There are in­ter­views with Todd and Mad­sen, as well as fea­tures on pro­duc­tion de­sign, make-up and Barker’s orig­i­nal story. Three short films pro­vide in­sight into di­rec­tor Bernard Rose’s early ca­reer. There are also two commentaries: an en­ter­tain­ing chat track with Rose and Todd, and a more in­for­ma­tive one from hor­ror ex­perts Stephen Jones and Kim New­man. Plus: gal­leries and trail­ers. Will Sal­mon

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