Friday, October 21, 2005

Candyman: Day of the Dead

(1999) **1/2

This time Candyman is in Los Angeles preying on the poor during a Day of the Dead festival. Extremely busty Caroline, an artist and descendent of Candyman, is in possession of all of his art. As a way to disprove the myth of the Candyman legend, and to humanize him, she holds an art exhibit of his works. During the exhibit she is goaded into saying “Candyman” 5 times in front of a mirror, which, of course, unleashes a new wave of mayhem.

At this point the Candyman series is starting to become long in the tooth. The killings, while still graphic, are fairly redundant. There are only so many times that you can see someone impaled by a hook before it loses its ability to surprise. The somber tone of the series remains intact, however, and Candyman himself is still a great character. I wouldn’t be surprised if another sequel is green lit at some point.

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