Helen is an academic who is doing research into urban legends. One of those urban legends that she encounters is about the murderous spirit with a hook for a hand known as Candyman. Helen does not believe in Candyman. After saying his name five times in the mirror, however, to her horror, Candyman appears, Candyman begins a number of grisly slayings. The police do not believe Helen's explanation that a legendary spirit is behind the killings, so Helen is blamed for all of the murders that Candyman commits. With her life destroyed, Candyman is the only one who can set Helen free.