When it comes to film adaptations of Clive Barker’s books, people mainly seem to remember the films that Barker himself directed. Hellraiser, Nightbreed and Lord of Illusions are three classic Barker stories that recently got new Blu-ray transfers. But one film that doesn’t get the credit it is due is Bernard Rose’s Candyman (which still has yet to be released on Blu-ray for some reason). The film is a modern classic with a fantastic villain thanks for Tony Todd as the title character. Also underappreciated is the lesser seen sequel to Candyman, Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh, now available on Blu-ray.
After the events of the first film, Candyman (Tony Todd) moves on to claim more victims, this time in New Orleans. Annie Tarrant (Kelly Rowan) is a schoolteacher in New Orleans whose father was killed in a Candyman-like fashion years before. When a local professor is also killed similarly, Annie’s brother is accused of the crime and it is up to Annie to try and summon Candyman once again to prove her brother’s innocence.
Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh is not only a new Candyman story but also a story that delves further into Candyman’s own past and the events that led up to him becoming the supernatural killer. And to top off the interesting and engrossing new story, the film is directed by the excellent Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters, Dreamgirls, The Fifth Estate). Condon brings a similar creativeness to the sequel that Bernard Rose brought to the original, a flowing, organic feel to the camera movements that feels natural for the story of such an interesting yet sympathetic bad guy. While not quite up the par with the original, Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh is a well thought out and entertaining sequel that doesn’t pander and maintains its own identity. Definitely worth checking out for fans of the original and horror fans in general.
The Blu-ray from Shout Factory is very nice indeed for a smaller film. Clean picture, great color reproduction and nice immersive sound make this a worthy upgrade over all previous editions. Now if we could only get the original to go with it…
Available now on Blu-ray.