I meant to check this out as part of my extended Horror Franchise Marathon but shit got a little hectic when my daughter got born and it kinda slipped through the cracks. Now I make no bones about my contempt for the Candyman series. I never “got” them I guess. Everyone talks about how atmospheric they are. To me though, they’ve always been pretty weak. This is the best one of the trilogy. Candyman fans may think I’m being sacrilegious but that’s just how I feel. It probably had something to do with my lowered expectations more than anything.
Donna D’Errico plays the great granddaughter of Candyman (Tony Todd). As a promotion for an art exhibit featuring the Candyman’s paintings, she says his name five times in front of a mirror and resurrects the hook-handed madman. Predictably, he goes around murdering a bunch of people while offering his descendant a chance to become a card-carrying Candywoman.
While the first two Candyman flicks where all about being pompous and slow-moving, this Direct to Video sequel is a bit more down and dirty. It actually tries to give the audience what they want; namely titties and blood. The other films tried too hard to be “legitimate” movies and consequently got bogged down in a hurry. Part 3 is refreshingly content with just being a lowbrow Direct to Video horror sequel. For that and little else, I admired it.
Although Day of the Dead is an improvement over the previous installments, it still isn’t very good. The “plot” just basically calls for Candyman to harass D’Errico while forcing her to watch as he guts her friends. This is OK for the first 45 minutes or so but it gets a bit tiresome after awhile. You also have to deal with some annoying Candyman worshipping punks/art critics, a bunch of stupid dream sequences, and an ending that pretty much sucks too.
Todd once again gives a menacing performance as Candyman. You know, it’s a shame that time and again, he gives 100% in these movies and each time the filmmakers let him down. I mean they have a great looking psycho and all they do with him is make him say inane shit like, “Join me in death!” over and over again in a voice that sounds like a cross between Barry White and Darth Vader.
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Suggested Drinking Game: Take a shot every time Candyman says, “Be my victim!”