"We Dare You To Say His Name Five Times!". And of course, if you do, he'll appear and totally kill you. With bees. For some reason.
Was based on "The Forbidden," a short story by Clive Barker.
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In the Cabrini-Green housing projects everybody knows the story of the Candyman: son of a slave, he was tortured to death for having a love affair with a white plantation owner's daughter and now, decades later, saying his name five times into a mirror will summon him...though it will cost you your life. Helen Lyle, a graduate student studying urban legends in Chicago, hears about the tale and visits the complex where recently a woman was murdered after claiming somebody was coming through her walls. Not believing the legend Helen calls Candyman's name five times in a mirror, but nothing happens. When Helen comes back to the projects for some more research she meets single mother Anne-Marie McCoy and a local boy leads her to a bathroom where a mentally handicapped kid had been beaten, finding a toilet full of bees and the words "Sweets to the sweet" scrawled across the walls.
On her way home Helen is jumped by a projects gang and their leader who has taken the name Candyman to increase his street cred. The police arrest him and bring him up on murder charges, putting a halt to Helen's research. Then, while walking in a parking garage, Helen begins hearing a voice that claims to be the real Candyman telling her that he'll make her believe in him. She passes out and wakes up in a pool of blood at Anne-Marie's Cabrini-Green apartment, her rottweiler decapitated and baby missing. Anne-Marie and Helen fight briefly before the police arrive and arrest Helen who claims not to know anything about the missing baby. She's arrested and questioned but released on bail by her husband, Trevor, and returns home. There she's visited by Candyman once again and is unable to stop the murderous spirit from killing her friend, Bernadette, and Helen is once more arrested, this time sent to a mental hospital.
While being evaluated by a psychologist who doesn't believe Helen's story about the Candyman she summons him and he kills the doctor, allowing her time to escape the hospital and flee to her apartment. There she finds Trevor with another woman and Helen leaves to Cabrini-Green for a final showdown with Candyman. There she tries to strike a Faustian bargain with Candyman: release Anne-Marie's baby and she will take his place striking terror into the hearts of the community. But Candyman betrays Helen and takes both her and the baby back to his hideout, which the residents of the projects then set ablaze. Helen is able to save Anne-Marie's baby from the fire, but she and Candyman are consumed in the blaze. Later, after Helen's funeral, her husband is in the bathroom weeping when he inadvertently says her name five times in front of a mirror, summoning the deceased woman who has now become the new vengeful spirit of Chicago.