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Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh

Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh

Tony Todd
Director: Bill Condon Cast: Tony Todd
Tony Todd
, Kelly Rowan
Kelly Rowan
, Timothy Carhart
Timothy Carhart
Bill Condon


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This sequel to director Bernard Rose's superb, metaphorical Candyman is a more straightforward Gothic horror project, discarding any association with the events of the previous film (which was based on the short story "The Forbidden" by horror surrealist Clive Barker) aside from the title entity, played again by the imposing Tony Todd. A melancholy but extremely deadly ghost, Candyman is revealed -- in a compelling sequence of flashbacks -- as the vengeful spirit of Daniel Robitaille, a black portraitist in post-Civil War Louisiana who was set upon and horribly mutilated by an angry white mob in retaliation for his affair with a plantation owner's daughter. In present-day New Orleans, at the height of Mardi Gras festivities (the film's title refers to the literal translation of the Latin "Carnival"), Candyman walks the realm of the undead, with a hook in place of the hand he lost to the lynch mob, waiting to be summoned by the recitation of his name five times into a mirror. The latest victims of his evisceration skills include members of the Tarrant family, with young schoolteacher Annie (Kelly Rowan) next in line. Her family's connection with the Candyman legend is eventually revealed when Annie visits the family estate to uncover the link between her ancestors and Daniel Robitaille himself. This is a well-executed horror film, with fine performances and good use of the subtle menace underlying the Mardi Gras ambience, but the deft hand of Barker is clearly absent, leaving a standard horror plot without the mythical resonance of the original. The chilling Philip Glass score is a definite plus, though.

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Product Details

Release Date: 01/06/2015
UPC: 0826663155242
Original Release: 1995
Rating: R
Source: Shout Factory
Region Code: A
Time: 1:31:00
Sales rank: 4,124

Special Features

Audio commentary with director Bill Condon; New interviews with actors Tony Todd and Veronica Cartwright; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tony Todd Candyman
Kelly Rowan Annie Tarrant
Timothy Carhart Paul McKeever
Veronica Cartwright Octavia Tarrant
William O'Leary Ethan Tarrant
Fay Hauser Pam Carver
Matt Clark Honore Thibideaux
Bill Nunn Reverend Ellis
David Gianopoulos Detective Ray Levesque
Caroline Barclay Caroline Sullivan
Russell Buchanan Kingfisher
Michael Culkin Phillip Purcell
Daniel Dupont Reporter
Margaret Howell Clara
Ralph Joseph Mr Jeffries
Brian Moore Thug
Steve Picerni Police Guard
Amy Ryder Hostile Woman at Cabrini Green
Randy Oglesby Heyward Sullivan
Carol Sutton Angry Woman at Matthew's House

Technical Credits
Bill Condon Director
Pete Antico Stunts
Clive Barker Executive Producer,Original Story
Tim Clawson Producer
Gregg Fienberg Producer
Bruce Finlayson Costumes/Costume Designer
Philip Glass Score Composer,Songwriter
Robert C. Goldstein Set Decoration/Design
Steve Golin Producer
Stephanie J. Gordon Set Decoration/Design
Walter Hoylman Sound/Sound Designer
Virginia Katz Editor
Mark Kruger Screenwriter
Carol Lewis Casting
Anna C. Miller Associate Producer
Rand Ravich Screenwriter
Barry Robison Production Designer
Tobias Schliessler Cinematographer
Suzette Sheets Set Decoration/Design
Sigurjon Sighvatsson Producer
Mary Ellen Woods Asst. Director

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