This chapter details the synopsis of Bernard Rose's Candyman (1992), which takes place in present-day Chicago. Helen Lyle (Virginia Madsen), a graduate student researching urban legends, investigates a series of murders in the Cabrini-Green housing projects supposedly committed by a hook-handed killer called the Candyman. Residents of the projects believe the Candyman to be the vengeful spirit of a slave's son who was lynched by a mob in 1890 after falling in love and fathering a child with a white landowner's daughter. After being attacked by a local drug dealer who has adopted the Candyman persona and being arrested under suspicion of abducting a baby, Helen is incarcerated in a mental hospital where her psychiatrist Dr. Burke (Stanley De Santis) attempts to convince Helen that the Candyman is a figment of her own psychotic imagination. Helen was able to escape the hospital and return to Cabrini-Green, where she attempts to rescue baby Anthony from the Candyman. Helen manages to save the baby while the Candyman is consumed by the flames of a giant bonfire in the Green. Severely burned, Helen dies soon afterwards. Later, her distraught husband Trevor (Xander Berkeley) invokes Helen in the bathroom mirror; Helen materialises in spirit form and exacts vengeance on her husband.
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