Candyman 3: Day Of The Dead (1999)

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Connections: Candyman

The Candyman returns to try to convince his female descendant, an artist, to join him as a legendary figure. To this end, he frames her for a series of hideous murders of her friends and associates so that she has nowhere else to turn to. --TMDb
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Added: May 1, 2004
Caroline is the great-great-granddaughter of Candyman. She wants to show the world the good he did before he was killed, and not have everybody focus on the "myth" of his killing spree. So she has a gallery of all his artwork with a friend of hers, Miguel; however, Miguel wants to use the Candyman theme to get more people to come to the show. During the show, Miguel tries to get Caroline to say Candyman's name five times into a mirror, and embarrasses her until she does so. In comes a madman holding a hook, spouting off nonsense about Candyman is here, everyone shall die, blah blah blah. Come to find out, he was an actor by the name of David hired by Miguel to spice things up, and Caroline is a wee bit pissed. Later, Miguel has hooked up with a model for a little romp in the bedroom, and Candyman shows up, offing them both. Since David was seen at the party with a hook and acting all insane, he's a prime suspect in the murders; but Caroline is getting attached to him, and Candyman is getting attached to her. A vicious love cycle, to say the least.

Donna D'Errico needs to permanently retire from acting after this movie. She does nicely in the T&A role of Baywatch, considering she is quite hot and all, but she ruins things in an actual movie. She switches between three types of characters throughout the movie: scared & timid, more scared & timid, and horribly scared & timid. By the halfway mark of the movie, it starts becoming horribly painful to watch. And to top it all off, she's a bit of a chain-smoker in this movie, and she doesn't even smoke the cigarettes properly, she just puffs smoke. For those of you who don't partake of the nicotine, this would be equivalent to watching someone quite plainly pretending to drink a soda, or pretend to eat. It's quite laughable to watch, and they could have easily just removed the smoking aspect as it had no relevance to anything whatsoever. With Tony Todd as the only exception (once again), the rest of the cast was almost just as horrid, as hard as that may be to believe.

The storyline, in theory, could have been halfway decent; certainly better than the way it was presented. This movie was supposed to show off Candyman's art and focus on how he was before he died, but instead, almost all of the attention is placed on Caroline's relationship with David, and the racist cops who want to beat his ass, and the voodoo mother of David, and the stereotypical goth's who worship Candyman, and.... oh yeah, a little time is set aside for Candyman, though not much.

However, with that said, Candyman does rack up a few kills here; four real kills + one flashback kill + one offscreen gang killing. But staying true to the crapfest theme of the movie, the effects used for the offing's really didn't come out too good. The mother in the bathroom scene was nice, as was the kill in the car; otherwise, everything was pathetically done. Most came out to be the same scene, different person; Candyman would pop up behind the victim, crunching sound, camera pans down to show his hook coming out of their stomach with some blood around it, camera pans up, crunch sound, body falls. It did get a wee bit old after the first couple of replays.

And of course, what would a crappy movie be without the false scares? Sure wasn't lacking those here, as every few scenes one would come out of nowhere. We even got to see a corpse come back to life, only to open his eyes, yell BOO, and die again. Scary shit right there, indeed.

Avoid this one. Watch the original and pretend there was never any sequels made, as none of them work out. 2/10, and even that is a stretch.
Ginose #1: Ginose - added December 31, 2005 at 11:10pm
this was fuckin' horrible! i saw it on Sci-fi awhile ago and I couldn't stand it! this thing was worse than Hellraiser: Deader! Hate it if you have any respect for Clive Barker. 1/10 because the Candyman is in it for like 10 minutes.
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