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Candyman: Day of the Dead (1999)

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"The Candyman returns to try to convince his female descendent, an artist, to join him as a legendary figure. To this end, he frames her for a series of hideous murders of her friends and associates so that she has nowhere else to turn to."

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Review Date: 24 August 2004 My Rating: out of 5


Everything about it is purely magnificent and outstanding. It's a rare sight to behold and an even more rarity to write about such a dazzling event as this. I cannot speak highly enough about the magnificence that this has.

There are key setups and more wondrous happenings throughout the entire heart of the movie. The director has achieved an astonishing visual treat and should be proud as hell to have been part of the genius of it all.

The various costumes and outfits were stunning to behold and particular select sequences were incredible to observe. I personally am in awe at the whole process that can produce something so attention-grabbing, motivating and appealing to all generations and audiences worldwide.

But that's quite enough about Donna D'Errico's incredible body and stunning good looks, there was also something going on about some dude with a hook hand, blah, blah, blah.

You must have almost certainly noticed that my entire review consists of nothing more than an in depth look into the on-screen beauty that is Miss D'Errico. That is likely to be because nothing else in this movie stood out at all. The plotline was dreary and lacklustre and the acting was not particularly exciting nor engaging. It's an absolute shame that once such a fear inducing figure such as the Candyman has transformed into a dull uninteresting personality in a mere two follow ups. The reason for one star? Donna spends most of her time with no bra on under her tops. Genius.

Reviewer: Phil Davies Brown @horrorasylum
Location:Scotland, UK
Review Date: 07 August 2004 My Rating: out of 5

I actually really enjoyed this sequel when it was first released but watching it a few years later I wasn't so keen.

The Candyman's great great grand-daughter finds herself being targeted by the hook handed killer in this third film in the series, thanks to a friend who tries to prove that the Candyman was real.

The biggest disappointment here is that Philip Glass did not return to score the film and so with a few exceptions the score is actually quite bad.

Tony Todd is on fine form and Nick Corri is also very good but some of the other cast members are awful.

We are treated to some good deaths, a few jump scares and some nice little touches to keep fans happy.

The story here is actually one of the film's strong points and it is probably this factor alone that prevented the film from being truly awful.

In the end the film is a nice change of pace but it definitely lacks the atmosphere present in the previous films.

The film is a good effort and is definitely better than part 2 in my eyes but I doubt that any of the sequels will ever be as chilling as the original, although plans for part 4 sound promising. Candyman: Day of the Dead is good for fans of the series but I doubt that many horror fans in general will enjoy it.

Reviewer: Josh Winning @horrorasylum
Review Date: 31 October 2001 My Rating: out of 5

I didn't have very high hopes for this second sequel in the franchise, considering the fact that it was branded 'Made for TV', which never has a very good ring for a movie that is following on from two big-budget cinematic hits. Also, it was supposedly yet another 'non-sequel' sequel that seemed to fast-forward a couple of years and wipe the slate clean of the last movie's events. So when I sat down to watch Candyman , I was surprised to see how good it actually was. Most people - myself included - would associate the phrases 'poorly scripted', 'badly directed', 'bland cinemaphotography' and 'day-time-TV actors' with television movies. But in order to do Candyman any justice, you must push these phrases right out of your mind, and watch the movie as if it was actually a straight-to-video blockbuster, which has a far nicer sound. It really seemed that [writer, director] Turi Meyer had a vision to bring this movie to the screen with style. The sets are plush and beautifully photographed, and all manner of unusual camera angles are used to give the movie an offbeat, but unique atmosphere. The scares and deaths are surprisingly infrequent, but are gory in the bloodiest sense when they happen. There is also a sense of impending doom - as with the first - that works well, and there are some horrible moments (particularly when Caroline is strapped into a sort of torture chair). Donna D'Errico (yes, yes, I do know she was once a day-time TV actress!) makes a dissarmingly beautiful heroine, and her acting is more than sufficient in this. She makes an engaging lead - something that all three Candyman movies have going for them - and she manages to keep a straight face through some of the patchier dialogue. Sadly the ending when she faces off against the Candyman - although rather inventive and in-keeping with the whole 'painting' idea - seems rather shallow and empty, considering we know that all we need is another dumb fool to mutter 'candyman' five times to bring our hook-handed killer back once more. 'Candyman, Candyman, Candyman, Candyman...'

Introducing a fresh new style to the series, and giving it a bit of a shake up, this is quite a departure from the first two movies in the franchise. Tony Todd returning as the Candyman is, as ever, a joy to watch, and Donna D'Errico is perfectly capable as the wistful heroine... but the more we learn about the Candyman the less interesting he becomes. Still a good entry, but let's make this the last.

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