A stylish though inferior sequel to its classic predecessor, Bill Condon's Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh
deepens our knowledge of what made the murdered Daniel Robitaille turn into the monster that haunts dreams and mirrors. But some of it is still pretty routine: schoolteacher Annie takes a long time to connect her family's plantation-owning past and her own artistic talent with the legend, and is far too ready to say the Candyman's name five times in a mirror to debunk her pupils' fears.
The setting: New Orleans at Carnival time with a disc jockey whimsically reminding us that Carnival is the last farewell to pleasure before the rigors of Lent. Tony Todd, who returns as the Candyman, gives a quiet dignity and sadness to the monstrous specter with a hook for a hand. His life was torn from him and he is mad for vengeance, yet he has an artistic temperament and loved Annie's kinswoman Caroline. Condon captures an attractive elegiac tone in much of this, as well as moments of brutal horror. --Roz Kaveney
His Myth Has Endured For Generations. His Legacy Is Eternal Rage. And Now He'S Back...With A Vengeance! Candyman: Farewell To The Flesh Continues The Tale Of The Phantom-Like Figure Who Wreaksa Terrible Fate Upon Those Who Chant His Name Five Times While Looking Into A Mirrorand Come Face-To-Face With Grisly Death. A Victim Of Unspeakable Evil While He Lived, The "Candyman" (Tony Todd, The Crow) Has Become Evil Incarnate In His Afterlife. This Time, He Haunts The City Of New Orleans, Where A Young Schoolteacher Named Annie Tarrant (Kelly Rowan, 187) Is Struggling To Solve The Brutal Murder Of Her Father. The Locals Insist That He Was Slain By The Candyman,But Annie Is Not Convinced...Until She Unwittingly Summons Him Forth, Learns The Secret Of His Power, And Discovers The Link That Connects Her To Him. But Can She Stop Him Before He Kills Again?