aka Candyman II – Farewell To The Flesh, Candyman 2
93 min., 1995
Written by Rand Ravich/Mark Kruger
Directed by Bill Condon
My rating: ★★
Candyman, Candyman, Candyman, Candyman…
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The story picks up a bit after number one, but now we are in New Orleans. You see, this is where the history of the Candyman “really” began. Phillip Purcell (Michael Culkin) is back and telling people about his book. You see, he is the expert on the Candyman and now the “real” story takes place in New Orleans, even though in the first, the story of the Candyman was supposed to take place in Chicago. Well, he gets killed and Ethan Tarrant (William O’Leary) gets blamed. Why? After the lecture he threatens Phillip. We meet Annie Tarrant (Kelly Rowan) who is Ethan’s sister and as we learn the great-great-granddaughter of Candyman. So she does some hunting of her own about Candyman and more people end up dying.
Now the acting in Farewell is a full two steps down from the first. Almost everyone has fallen into the acting mode of just not caring. Even Tony Todd (Candyman) seems to just be going through the motions and waiting for the scene to be over. The only really great performance is by…NO ONE!
Now on the opposite end, the effects are actually twice as good as the first. Most of the gore actually takes place on film instead of hidden from view. Gore can be used to cover up the bad things in a movie and this is a prime example of it. You forget just how bad the story and acting is once someone is gored with a hook. Seeing people hooked to death might get old after the first two, but it is really the only great escape of the movie, so I say bring on the hook.
My main complaint is with the overall story, or the destruction of the first movie. As I have stated before, I really hate it when movies negate or forget the story set in place by the previous movies. In this case we have the character of Phillip who, as introduced in the first movie, is the expert on Candyman. So why is it that in the first the story of the Candyman’s death is supposed to take place in Chicago, but all of a sudden it switches to New Orleans and this is where The Candyman’s death “really” took place? Were they just lazy? Did they just need a more “slimy” area? I think it’s both and more. The end of Candyman kinda closes the chapter and he “won’t” be able to bother them anymore, so instead of trying to make a reason of how he’s back, we’ll just make it happen somewhere else. I cry foul!!!!
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