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Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh (1995, Tony Todd, Kelly Rowan)

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The first Candyman , in 1992, was one of the most original and frightening horror films in many years, and this sequel delivers an equal number of shocks and atmospheric set-pieces. Although the action moves from Chicago to New Orleans, the eponymous Candyman (Tony Todd) returns once more as the black bogeyman figure representing white racial fear.

A popular urban legend runs that if you say his name five times while looking in the mirror, Candyman will appear. Unfortunately, he will then proceed to gut you with his hook hand, making it a very unwise catchphrase.

When an anthropology lecturer utters the fateful words, Candyman appears and kills him, although his death is blamed on a student, Ethan Tarrant (William O’Leary). The Tarrant family seem to have some ancestral connection with Candyman, and when the killer manifests himself during Mardi Gras, he begins a string of family killings. Eventually, there is only Ethan’s sister Annie (Kelly Rowan) left and her investigations bring her face to face with her nemesis, who reveals both how he was brutally murdered a century ago and his relationship to her.

production details
USA | 93 minutes | 1995

Director: Bill Condon
Writer: Rand Ravich, Mark Kruger (based on a story by Clive Barker)

cast
Tony Todd as Candyman / Daniel Robitaille
Kelly Rowan as Annie Tarrant
William O’Leary as Ethan Tarrant
Bill Nunn as Reverend Ellis
David Gianopoulos as Detective Ray Levesque
Matt Clark as Honore Thibideaux
Timothy Carhart as Paul McKeever
Veronica Cartwright as Octavia Tarrant
Fay Hauser as Pam Carver
Joshua Gibran Mayweather as Matthew Ellis
Caroline Barclay as Caroline Sullivan
Michael Bergeron as Coleman Tarrant
Brianna Blanchard as Young Caroline McKeever
Clotiel Bordeltier as Liz

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