Candyman 3 (1999)
Director: Turi Meyer
Main Stars: Tony Todd, Donna D’Errico, Jsu Garcia, Alexia Robinson
Storyline: The Candyman returns but this time to get his artist descendent to join him.
Review (Spoils): The Candyman (Tony Todd) returns after someone recalls his name 3 times in a mirror. He wants to have a past descendent to join him and she won’t so he starts to frame her for murders. Caroline (Donna D’Errico) is the great granddaughter of Candyman and she starts to get haunted on the past of her family. Candyman returns and wants her to join him so like the other films he starts to set her up as the murderer as he slowly starts to slaughter them with bees and his classic hooked hand.
This film had a few things not going for it, the music is horrible, Donna D’Errico is beautiful but really she can’t act, the repeative phrase of “Be my victim” and pretty much the same thing as the first film. We have blood on mirrors, some bees and Candyman roaming around with his cool voice slaughtering people because some babe won’t join him.
It was a warm welcome to see Tony Todd yet again play his all star role as Candyman once more but there just was not enough there to hold the film together, this film needed money!
Rating: Sure we have the hot babe and ex-wife of Nikki Sixx, Donna D’Errico but her pretty skills was not enough to hold this film together. Sure she ran around, bouncing (you know what I mean) and screaming but even Tony Todd could not save this film.
Candyman 2 (1995)
Director: Bill Condon
Main Stars: Tony Todd, Kelly Rowan, William O’Leary
Storyline: Candyman is back and this time he is haunting a young woman whose family was connected to the killer.
Review (Spoils): Candyman (Tony Todd) is back and moves from Chicago to New Orleans. During Mardi Gras Candyman starts to haunt a young school teacher named Annie Tarrant (Kelly Rowan) as she does not believe in him and her father was murdered in a Candyman way. She becomes trapped in his seductive voice, followings and of course murder and bees. We have gruesome hook killings and learn more about Candyman’s past and how he was wrong and that’s why he haunts everyone.
The story is not as original as the first entry, pretty much the same feel as Candyman wants sweet Kelly Rowan for himself. The film delivers the blood but the there just was not enough to hold it to the same alter as the first one. They could have just left the story as is with one film, but yet again Tony Todd as Candyman rocks.
Rating: Same deal as the first one really except we have more bees and learn more about Candyman’s past. Plus you get to see Kelly Rowan before her great fame on TV.
Director: Bendard Rose
Main Stars: Virginia Madsen, Tony Todd
Storyline: A murderous soul with a hook on his hand is brought to reality from myth from a grad student.
Review (Spoils): Helen Lyle (Virginia Madse) is a student that needs to write a thesis on myths. She comes across the myth of Candyman (Tony Todd) a one armed man with a hook who appears if you mention his name five times in a mirror. She does not believe in the myth but after a few drinks with her friend they try it out as a joke and bring the mad killer to reality. Through it all she sees things and hears things that bring her to a breaking point. She believes she is going mad and gets labelled as a killer as there is no trace of Candyman that anyone else sees.
Candyman is one of the main icon of horror monsters or villains. Clive Barker has created an eerie monster that can be remembered and to help that process Tony Todd did an amazing job. The sound of his voice is one that is memorable. He played the character out to the max and created something that will last in the history of horror. The storyline of the history of Candyman is even well written. The creation of Candyman comes from a well groomed man who was a great artist. He had an affair with a daughter of one of his white clients and got her pregnant. The father had revenge over this outrage of this and hunted him down with a mob and cut off his right hand, stripped him naked and smeared him in honeycomb from a mad swarm of bees. He died from massive bee stings. It’s unique and great!
The film holds some classic scenes also such as the many deep voice sequences in Helens mind, the mirror chant itself, the bloody scene in Anne-Marie’s apartment with the missing baby and of course the end of the film where Helen comes back.
Rating: This is a classic horror film which is rare for the 90s. If you have not seen this film out there and get it! Grab some beers and get drunk with some friends, look in the mirror and get your chant.