"At its heart, CANDYMAN terrifies because of its ideas. It sinks its horrific foundations very much in the real world of poverty and racial alienation." - Adam Smith, Empire Magazine

"A horror movie that was scaring me with ideas and gore, instead of simply with gore." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

University of Chicago student Helen has chosen her thesis project: an analysis of the urban legend of Candyman, a tortured spirt who haunts the dilapidated hallways of Chicago’s now demolished Cabrini-Green housing project. As Helen studies the myth, she is pulled into an American gothic nightmare, punctuated by Philip Glass’s haunting score.


Awards & Nominations

Winner - Best Actress (Virginia Madsen), Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films
Winner - Audience Award, Best Actress, Best Music, Avoriaz Fantastic Film Festival


SCORED BY GLASS: Presented in collaboration with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Film Center celebrates the influence and impact of composer Philip Glass with some of our favorite Glass scores. Round out your Glass listening experience with a program of Muti, Uchida, and Philip Glass in Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center February 17-19, as Riccardo Muti conducts Glass’ Eleventh Symphony, a colorful, exuberant score that the composer wrote for his own 80th-birthday celebration.
Details: https://cso.org/performances/21-22/cso-classical/muti-uchida-philip-glass/

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