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Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh Details


This sequel to director Bernard Rose's superb, metaphorical Bernard Rose is a more straightforward Gothic horror project, discarding any association with the events of the previous film (which was based on the short story "The Forbidden" by horror surrealist Clive Barker) aside from the title entity, played again by the imposing Tony Todd. A melancholy but extremely deadly ghost, Candyman is revealed -- in a compelling sequence of flashbacks -- as the vengeful spirit of Daniel Robitaille, a black portraitist in post-Civil War Louisiana who was set upon and horribly mutilated by an angry white mob in retaliation for his affair with a plantation owner's daughter. In present-day New Orleans, at the height of Mardi Gras festivities (the film's title refers to the literal translation of the Latin "Carnival"), Candyman walks the realm of the undead, with a hook in place of the hand he lost to the lynch mob, waiting to be summoned by the recitation of his name five times into a mirror. The latest victims of his evisceration skills include members of the Tarrant family, with young schoolteacher Annie (Kelly Rowan) next in line. Her family's connection with the Candyman legend is eventually revealed when Annie visits the family estate to uncover the link between her ancestors and Daniel Robitaille himself. This is a well-executed horror film, with fine performances and good use of the subtle menace underlying the Mardi Gras ambience, but the deft hand of Barker is clearly absent, leaving a standard horror plot without the mythical resonance of the original. The chilling Philip Glass score is a definite plus, though. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

  • Release date:March 17, 1995


Tony Todd
as Candyman
Kelly Rowan
as Annie Tarrant
Timothy Carhart
as Paul McKeever
Veronica Cartwright
as Octavia Tarrant
William O'Leary
as Ethan Tarrant
Fay Hauser
as Pam Carver
Matt Clark
as Honore Thibideaux
David Gianopoulos
as Detective Ray Levesque
Daniel Dupont
as Reporter
Carol Sutton
as Angry Woman at Matthew's House
Brian Moore
as Thug
Ralph Joseph
as Mr Jeffries
Randy Oglesby
as Heyward Sullivan
Caroline Barclay
as Caroline Sullivan
Bill Nunn
as Reverend Ellis
Michael Culkin
as Phillip Purcell
Margaret Howell
as Clara
Steve Picerni
as Police Guard
Amy Ryder
as Hostile Woman at Cabrini Green


Bill Condon
Tim Clawson
Sigurjon Sighvatsson
Gregg Fienberg
Steve Golin
Rand Ravich
Clive Barker
Book Author
Tobias Schliessler
Philip Glass
Philip Glass
Composer (Music Score)
Virginia Katz
Barry Robison
Production Designer
Clive Barker
Executive Producer
Stephanie J. Gordon
Set Designer
Robert C. Goldstein
Set Designer
Suzette Sheets
Set Designer
Bruce Finlayson
Costume Designer
Walter Hoylman
Sound/Sound Designer
Pete Antico
Carol Lewis