THE PLOT THUS FAR
The Candyman arrives in New Orleans and sets his sights on a young woman whose family was ruined by the immortal killer years before.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh” tries to revamp the franchise, but it’s a bizarre entry. The film shifts to New Orleans, as our new lead is still suffering from the death of her father. He died in a Candyman fashion, but young schoolteacher Annie wants to convince her class that the Candyman isn’t real. She does the mirror trick and that brings Tony Todd to the Big Easy. Murder happens, while the Candyman decides that he’s all about the white women. Veronica Cartwright gets a strong supporting role, as she tries to flesh out why Candyman does what he does. Mainly, she’s there because the director had a boner for horror history.
Tony Todd begins to build a bigger world as the titular character, as we see that there is a small amount of people that believe in the murderer. Candyman deniers exist, as well as survivors and loose tangential people tied to the character’s mayhem. But, Candyman just wants to find a new woman to replace his lost love. He’s just a young urban single that digs bees and hook hands. Some of the hardcore Barker fans won’t like the forced push to make Candyman seem human and redeemable. Well, sometimes bad people died at the hands of a lynch mob. The character is evil and the efforts to give him some sort of outer value is confusing at best.
The Blu-Ray comes with a commentary, interviews and a trailer as the special features. The A/V Quality is a sharp mix. The 1080p transfer looks fresh and restored. Plus, the DTS-HD 2.0 master audio track is a world better than my old MGM DVD. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.
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