Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Candyman 3: Day of the Dead (1999)

Caroline, a descendent of the Candyman, decides that the best way to show Candyman was just a regular guy and not some crazy hook handed serial killer, is to do a show of his paintings at a local gallery.  Did I miss that he was a painter? I don't remember that in either of the other films.

But the gallery owner decides to play up the serial killer angle to advertise the show. So along with regular art lovers, a gang of dopey goth-punks show up to gaze in worship at the paintings because they've adopted Candyman as their patron saint of sorts.

During the opening, the gallery owner dares Caroline to call Candyman. Since Carolines goal was to show him in a human light, you'd think that she wouldn't succumb to his mediocre manipulative challenge, but she caves to the peer pressure and makes the mistake of a lifetime.

Soon Candyman is following Caroline around asking her to join him, the paintings are stolen by the dopey gang, and a cop with numerous write ups for abusive and psychotic behavior takes the case.  Unfortunately for Caroline, the racist cop likes her and gets all bent out of shape when she date Daniel, who is not a Caucasian (gasp!)

This third chapter in the Candyman saga takes place in Los Angeles, and Caroline is played by Donna D'Errico who is known for Baywatch. There is an attempt to add a creepy atmosphere by using a Day of the Dead celebration, but let's face it, that is not as scary as the first movie which took place in the Cabrini Green projects in Chicago.  In fact, it's not scary at all.

Caroline spends most of the movie shaking nervously, awkwardly puffing on a cigarette, and being accused of the slew murders that are happening all around her.  There's nothing exciting about this movie and you don't care about any of the characters.  If you're up for a Candyman movie, stick with the first one.

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