By Paul Anthony
Sorry for the delay for this week edition but this week we are reviewing Candyman 2: Farewell To The Flesh which stars Tony Todd as Candyman! Now Let’s talk about how we got to this film before I talk about the film. As a kid I use to be so afraid of the first one and that says a lot because I love horror films but it was something about Candyman that just truly scared me. Now here we are the film came out in 1992 and had a small budget so really not matter what it could make a profit and it sure did because it made 25 million which as famous as the movie is now you would think it made so much more money but it became a cult classic after its run. Now we all knew a sequel would come and so we did three years later and honestly what were they thinking?
Let’s talk about this film because they decided to change certain things about the Candyman. This felt like a reboot and I have no clue why they did that. Here the story takes place in New Orleans which involves the family members of Candyman, which are his great-great-great grandchildren, who are white try to solve the family history that they never knew they were connected to, after their father was killed which we assumed was by Candyman, after they learn that they are he’s family Annie sets out to stop him for good but learning that a source of his power which she learns that it is vanity mirror that is lodge in the wall of the slave house that is on their property. Needless to say Candyman shows up to stop her but in the end she breaks the mirror killing Candyman for good.
The story was good but the problem is they decided to alter the story of Candyman. In The first film he was always a free man and a painter but his interracial relationship with his wealthy lover caused him to get his hand cut off and stung to death in the Chicago area and his body was burned and his ashes were spread through that part of the town. This film however made it clear it he was born a slave in New Orleans and he was buried in New Orleans instead of being burned in Chicago. Sure the first film did leave gaps to the story but he haunts Chicago because that is where he was killed at.
If the film would have stayed with the first film it would have been better. The film could use the gaps from the first film to tell the whole story and not change the key elements would have help its caused. Now in the end I would give this film a passing grade I would say C for a grade. The film was average at best that they hope the things that they changed they would have gotten away with but the problem is the fans of the franchise caught these changes.
By Paul Anthony
In this edition we are going to talk about Final Destination 2 now this was one of those franchises that was something different and something new. Now part 1 came out in 2000 and was massive hit when the budget was 23 million and ended up grossing 112 million like always when a movie is a hit you know a sequel was coming but like many horror franchises the story doesn’t stop with part one but the problem becomes the story doesn’t get any better and changes come that weren’t needed to make the story better when it makes it worse. This film came out three years later and was once again it was a hit but the money wasn’t as high. The budget was 26 million and the movie grossed 90 million dollars which was 22 million less then the first film but yet it was successful however a failure in some ways as well.
The story is the same a group of people led by the survivor of the first film and new lead who has the ability to cheat death by having visons and she can see how to prevent death from happening. Her first vison is an epic traffic accident on the highway which she saves some lives but her friends die when their SUV gets crushed and burns. She is now determine to find a way to stop death but as the movie goes along it is revealed that the people she saved are all connected and because of the flight 180 from the first film these people lived because those who got off the plane from the previous film caused a ripple affect and basically caused Death’s plan to go down the drain for the moment at least because slowly but surely the group that she saves dies one by one until ones has a baby which is the key to beating this curse and stops the order. It seems like in the end she manages to save her life and her love interest’s life as well.
Now It has been a long time since I watched the first but I don’t remember it having many laughs or over the top acting like this film did. Sadly this film fell in that era where someone thought adding comedy to a horror film was such a good idea well it wasn’t. The comedy didn’t hurt the film but didn’t help it either. The deaths seem to be over the top as well and maybe that was the goal it just didn’t work for me. The plot twist was a nice touch but I would say the film could have and should have been better, in the end this film is basically a C on the grading chart it was just that Average.