Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh (1995) Review

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Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh (1995) Review

Horrorific content by adrian on November 14th, 2020 | Movie Review | Slasher, Supernatural, Urban Decay, Urban Legend, Candyman Series

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It's about Candyman in New Orleans and a woman whose family was slain by him who needs some answers.

Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh was directed by Bill Condon and stars Tony Todd (from Candy Corn and The Final Wish), Kelly Rowan (from Grave Secrets: The Legacy Of Hilltop Drive and The Gate) and Bill Nunn (from Quicksilver Highway and Def By Temptation).

Evil comes when you call his name.

Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh Review

Candyman, the cult classic from 1992, features a pretentious Cambridge professor who was the authority on the legend of Candyman. He had a very brief role where he basically just scoffed at Helen, a former student, for thinking she could uncover more about Candyman than he. In this sequel, he plays a slightly bigger role and is satisfyingly the first kill. Candyman gets him, groin to gullet.

After the snooty professor gets it we're introduced to a guy named Ethan whose dad was got by Candyman too. After Ethan gets the hook his mom and sister (Annie, the new Helen) are pulled into Candyman's world and are forced to figure out what happened and why.

This Candyman takes place in New Orleans which is a super cool setting for horror. The gothic atmosphere, the architecture, the swamps, the folklore and religion. Everything about it is perfect for a movie like this. The movie even takes place during Mardi Gras, their world famous carnival, which itself translates into "flesh". Farewell to the Flesh is a carnival expression meaning to be carefree.

Half of this movie takes place during Mardi Gras where we see wealthy tourists and carefree locals drinking, eating and having fun. The other half takes place in the real New Orleans where impoverished locals fight for daily survival. And this half of course is where Candyman thrives. In the original he terrorized the slums of Chicago, now he's terrorizing the slums of New Orleans.

This sequel takes a deeper dive into the history of Candyman and the environment of racism and hatred that led to his demise. The movie got a lukewarm reception, it currently has a 5.3 on IMDb and a lousy 28% on RT, but I personally think it's an effective sequel and a unique horror overall.

Worth Watching?

I think so, I can't actually watch the original without watching this sequel as a double feature. It completes the story and shows both the living and supernatural sides of Candyman. Plus it's steeped in the atmosphere of New Orleans, what's not to love.

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