“Candyman” quotes

(1992)
Movie Candyman
Title Candyman
Year 1992
Director Bernard Rose
Genre Horror
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Plot – The young scholar Helen Lyle, researcher at the University of Illinois and wife of anthropology professor Trevor Lyle, is surprised at how deeply rooted the urban myth of Candyman, a legendary black man who is the mysterious author of heinous crimes, is in the minds of many young students. Determined to debunk this myth, she goes to Chicago with her assistant Bernadette Walsh to explore the notorious area of Cabrini Green, a labyrinthine building in extreme degradation. Only poor blacks live there and according to the legend it was the home of a black portrait painter who, a century ago, fell in love with the young woman he was portraying under commission. The girl's father got so angry with the young man that he killed him after having him horribly mutilated and tortured.
All actors – Virginia Madsen, Tony Todd, Xander Berkeley, Kasi Lemmons, Vanessa Williams, DeJuan Guy, Marianna Elliott, Ted Raimi, Ria Pavia, Mark Daniels, Lisa Ann Poggi, Adam Philipson, Eric Edwards, Carolyn Lowery, Barbara Alston, Sarina C. Grant, Latesha Martin, Lanesha Martin, Michael Culkin, Bernard Rose, Glenda Starr Kelly, Kenneth A. Brown, Caesar Brown, Terrence Riggins, Gilbert Lewis, Rusty Schwimmer, Baxter Harris, John Rensenhouse, Mika Quintard, Doug MacHugh, Carol Harris, Stanley DeSantis, Diane Peterson, Michael Laren, Fred Sanders, Caron Strong
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  • “- Jake: Candyman will get me.
    - Helen Lyle: Candyman isn't real. He's just a story. You know, like Dracula. Or... Or Frankenstein. A bad man took his name so that he could scare us. But now that's he's locked up everything's going to be okay.”

    DeJuan Guy - Jake
    Virginia Madsen - Helen Lyle
    [Tag:fear, legend, reality]
  • “- Clara: Have you ever heard of Candyman?
    - Billy: No.
    - Clara: Well, his right hand is sawn off, and he has a hook jammed in the bloody stump. And if you look in the mirror... and you say his name five times... he'll appear behind you, breathing down your neck. You want to try it?”

    Marianna Elliott - Clara
    Ted Raimi - Billy
    [Tag:killing, monster, risk]
  • “Let's just go back, and we can write a nice little, boring thesis regurgitating all the usual crap about urban legend. We've got a real shot here, Bernadette. An entire community starts attributing the daily horrors of their lives to a mythical figure.”

    Virginia Madsen - Helen Lyle
  • “I have the child. Allow me to take you or he will die in your place. Your disbelief destroyed the faith of my congregation. Without them, I am nothing, so I was obliged to come. And now I must kill you.”

    Tony Todd - The Candyman
  • “They will say that I have shed innocent blood. What's blood for if not for shedding? With my hook for a hand, I'll split you from your groin to your gullet. I came for you.”
    Tony Todd - The Candyman
    [Tag:blood, murder]
  • “Why do you want to live? If you had learned just a little from me, you would not beg to live. I am rumor. It is a blessed condition, believe me. To be whispered about at street corners. To live in other people's dreams, but not to have to be. Do you understand?”

    Tony Todd - The Candyman
    [Tag:death, dreams, living]
  • “- Helen Lyle: What's with the arsenal, Bernadette? We're only going eight blocks.
    - Bernadette 'Bernie' Walsh: You're the one who got us dressed up like cops.
    - Helen Lyle: I said just dress up conservatively.
    - Bernadette 'Bernie' Walsh: Yeah, well we look like cops.”

    Virginia Madsen - Helen Lyle
    Kasi Lemmons - Bernadette 'Bernie' Walsh
  • “The pain, I can assure you, will be exquisite. As for our deaths, there is nothing to fear. Our names will be written on a thousand walls. Our crimes told and retold by our faithful believers. We shall die together in front of their very eyes and give them something to be haunted by. Come with me and be immortal.”

    Tony Todd - The Candyman
  • “I am the writing on the wall, the whisper in the classroom. Without these things, I am nothing. So now, I must shed innocent blood. Come with me.”

    Tony Todd - The Candyman
  • “- Anne-Marie McCoy: White people never come 'round here except to cause us a problem.
    - Helen Lyle: Believe me, that's not what we want to do.”

    Vanessa Williams - Anne-Marie McCoy
    Virginia Madsen - Helen Lyle
  • “What do the good know except what the bad teach them by their excesses?”
    Tony Todd - The Candyman
  • “You say you're doing a study? What are you gonna study? How we're bad? We steal? We gang-bang? We're all on drugs, right? We ain't all like them assholes downstairs, you know. I just wanna raise my child good.”

    Vanessa Williams - Anne-Marie McCoy
  • “Your death will be a tale to frighten children, to make lovers cling closer in their rapture. Come with me, and be immortal.”

    Tony Todd - The Candyman
    [Tag:death, fear]
  • “- Jake: I ain't scared of nobody but you're crazy walking in here on your own. It ain't safe around here.
    - Helen Lyle: Yeah, I know. But I don't scare too easy either, Jake.”

    DeJuan Guy - Jake
    Virginia Madsen - Helen Lyle
    [Tag:courage, fear, risk]
  • “- Anne-Marie McCoy: They've all been here, you know? Newspapers, cops, case workers... they all want to know. I heard her screaming. I heard right through the walls. I dialed 911. Nobody came. Nobody came. Everybody scared. He could come right through these walls, you know? I'm scared. Scared for my child. They ain't never goin' to catch him.
    -...” (continue)
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    Vanessa Williams - Anne-Marie McCoy
    Virginia Madsen - Helen Lyle
  • “Why would Danny and Diane both be suffering from the same delusion in two cities over 1,000 miles apart? Let's face it, folks. There are no alligators in the sewers. No, it's... It's around the campfire. It's bedtime stories. See, these stories are modern oral folklore. They are the unselfconscious reflection of the fears of urban society.”

    Xander Berkeley - Trevor Lyle
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