It feels sort of weird, reviewing the sequel to Candyman without having the first film released to Blu-ray yet. I understand, however, that another distro company supposedly holds the rights to the film, with intentions on a Blu-ray release some time in the future, so it’s not something I’m holding against Scream Factory. I know they would have released the first film as well if given the opportunity. I just wish that other company, one that has been lighting the horror charts on fire as of late with their sold out limited edition Blu-rays, would hurry up with their release. I digress. I’ve always been a fan of Farewell to the Flesh. Perhaps even more so than other horror fans. And, I am a fan of Bill Condon. Sure, he directed a two-part Twilight movie, but he also directed Kinsey, as well as Gods and Monsters. Farewell to the Flesh is the type of sequel that takes that boogie man from the first film, and expands his mythology so you can get a better understanding as to how he came to be. Sometimes this works, and other times it doesn’t, but I really feel like this sequel is a shining example of how to do a followup like this, and do it right.
“Scarier Than the Original” – Fort Worth Star
His myth has endured for generations. His legacy is eternal rage. And now he’s back… with a vengeance! Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh continues the tale of the phantom-like figure who wreaks a terrible fate upon those who chant his name five times while looking into a mirror… and come face to face with grisly death.
A victim of unspeakable evil while he lived, the “Candyman” (Tony Todd, Final Destination) has become evil incarnate in his afterlife. This time, he haunts the city of New Orleans, where a young schoolteacher named Annie Tarrant (Kelly Rowan, The O.C.) is struggling to solve the brutal murder of her father. The locals insist that he was slain by the Candyman, but Annie is not convinced… until she unwittingly summons the monster forth, learns the secret of his power, and discovers the link that connects her to him. But can she stop him before he kills again? Directed by Bill Condon (Gods And Monsters, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn) from a story by Clive Barker (Hellraiser, Nightbreed), Candyman: Farewell To The Flesh is “one heck of a scary movie” (Moviehole)!
The Blu-ray itself is adequate, especially considering that low price, hovering around 15 bucks. It’s not one of their famous Collector’s Editions, so it doesn’t come brimmin with extras, but it does have several worthy of your time, including an extended interview with Candyman himself, Tony Todd. Other reviewers have claimed that the transfer is “soft”, but I can assure you, if you’ve only ever seen this film on VHS and DVD, this is a major upgrade. There are a few instances of what would appear to be print damage, or maybe even dirt that slipped through the screening process, but otherwise the film looks detailed, and the colors are crisp and poppy. As far as audio options go, you have two DTS-HD Master Audio tracks to choose from. One 2.0 track, which purists may prefer, and one 5.1 track, which is a much better exhibition of the film, if you ask me. The scope of the film feels “widened” with the enhanced surround track. However you choose to consume your classics on the new format, pick your poison and chances are you won’t be disappointed.