Franchise Weekend – Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh (1995)

Director: Bill Condon

Writer: Rand Ravich, Mark Kruger (Screenplay) Clive Barker (Story)

Starring: Tony Todd, Kelly Rowan, William O’Leary, Bill Nunn, Matt Clark, David Gianopoulos

 

Plot: The Candyman arrives in New Orleans and sets his sights on a young woman whose family was ruined by the immortal killer years before.

 

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Verdict: Good World Building Sequel

 

Story: Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh starts with the backstory of Daniel Robitaille (Todd), you know everything we learnt from the last film and how he will come around to haunt you from his myth. This time we are in New Orleans as Ethan Tarrant (O’Leary) wants Philip Purcell an author who has made a profit in books from the Candyman story to pay for failing to help his father.

When Ethan gets arrested for murder, his school teacher sister Annie (Rowan) comes to learn the truth about what happened with tough as nails Detective Ray Levesque (Gianoploulos) wanting to take Ethan down. This time New Orleans are looking to celebrate the Candyman jumping straight into what he wants, people to believe in him once again.

When Annie calls the Candyman she finds herself being the latest victim and must delve deeper into the back story to learn about the legend of the Candyman hoping to stop him once and for all.

 

Thoughts on Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh

 

Characters/PerformanceThe Candyman now striking fear into his audience is back but this time everyone knows about him almost worshiping in New Orleans. He is still a brilliant screen presence killing anyone he feels like killing. Annie is a teacher who is having to investigate the Candyman story to help free her brother from jail and understand her own father’s mysterious death. she is smart when investigating and loyal to her students too. Ethan is the suspect spending most of the film claiming he didn’t do anything.

Performance wise, Tony Todd is still the star of the show still as scary as ever. Kelly Rowan does a good job taking over the leading role but past these two nobody does that well in the performance levels.

StoryThe story can be looked at two ways, the first one is this is a good franchise building story because we get to see the deeper backstory of the Candyman, the second way could be considered the bad way, this is because the Candyman is now a household name that gets celebrated which doesn’t make sense after the first film. it also has a lot of filling to reminding us what we learn in the first film. the story is easy to follow and as a franchise I do think this is a good addition to what we have come to know of the Candyman.

Fantasy/HorrorThe fantasy elements of the Candyman story are the same as last time with a human backstory now but the horror doesn’t reach the levels of before because the Candyman isn’t as secretive as before.

SettingsMoving the settings to New Orleans is a mixed bag as well for me, the spiritual beliefs around the city do add to the mythology behind the Candyman but it also works the other way because they are celebrating him here, which goes against what we learn in the first film.

Special EffectsMost of the practical effects all come off well here but the couple of uses of the CGI do leave us questioning moments in the film.

Final ThoughtsAs a horror fan I liked the deeper backstory because if offers plenty of sequel potential but I also think this film doesn’t offer enough on the true scare factor the first one did, in fact this film goes out of its way to do the mirror scene while the first I believe only did it once.

 

Overall: I have rated this high because I think the Candyman can strike terror into nearly anybody.

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30th Anniversary Weekend – Back to the Future Part III (1990)

logoDirector: Robert Zemeckis

Writer: Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale (Screenplay)

Starring: Michael J Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Mary Steenburgen, Thomas F Wilson, Lea Thompson, Elisabeth Shue, Matt Clark, Richard Dysart

Plot: Enjoying a peaceable existence in 1885, Doctor Emmet Brown is about to be killed by Buford “Mad Dog” Tannen. Marty McFly travels back in time to save his friend.

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Verdict: Fitting Conclusion

Story: Back to the Future Part III starts picks up right where part II ends with Marty (Fox) having to turn to Doc Brown (Lloyd) of the past to help him save Doc Brown from the future from the past. Doc Brown has ended up in 1885 while Marty is in 1955, in 1955 Doc Brown must team up with Marty fix the time machine and go back to save Doc Brown after they discover that Doc gets killed one week after he wrote the letter to Marty.

Marty arrives and ends up making an enemy with Buford ‘Mad Dog’ Tannen (Wilson) the badest man in the west who has already made an enemy out of Doc Brown. We are left to watch the pair work out how to fuel up the DeLorean and go back to the future.team

Back to the Future Part III completes the saga with wonderful enjoyment by going back in time even further with the western theme. I liked how this continues the adventure to a new level and shows enough respect to what will happen later in the story. This is the perfectly completion to a trilogy that can easily be watched in one go and not feel old.

Actor Review

Michael J Fox: Marty McFly continues this adventure through time as he goes back to 1885 to save Doc Brown but he ends up getting stuck there as the two have to find a way to go back to the future. Michael does it great job in this role where he completes the final chapter of the saga.marty

Christopher Lloyd: Doc Brown must first help Marty go back to the old west but while there the original Doc Brown must then learn his new fate before returning to the future but he has finally found love. Christopher gives his best of the trilogy performance where he gets to shine with his story unfolding.doc

Mary Steenburgen: Clara Clayton is the new love interest of Doc Brown and how he ends up saving her life, she ends up putting a difficult decision in Doc’s mind as he has never found love before. Mary is a welcome addition to the story that is much need as she becomes the strongest female character in the series.

Thomas F Wilson: Buford ‘Mad Dog’ Tannen is the badest man in the west, he is responsible for Doc Brown’s death, he clashes with Marty as he first goes back leading to a final showdown between the two. Thomas does well in yet another role in the series showing he can look the part in any time period.

Support Cast: Back to the Future Part III has the supporting cast works really well and you get to see them all in their roles through a different time periods.

Director Review: Robert ZemeckisRobert finishes his trilogy off marvellously with this finish instalments.

Action: Back to the Future Part III brings in the wild west action into the story which all comes off very generic for the ideas.

Adventure: Back to the Future Part III finishes the saga off which ends up becoming one of the greatest of all time.

Comedy: Back to the Future Part III has the funniest moments in the franchise with where ti all ends up going.

Sci-Fi: Back to the Future Part III uses the idea of sci-fi world of time travel but steps away from it slightly more.

Western: Back to the Future Part III brings us into the western world and makes it easy to watch rather than just settling with the idea easy to use style.

Settings: Back to the Future Part III creates the western setting for the story which works to change the idea of the story again but keeps the peril in there.
Special Effects: Back to the Future Part III continues the use of great effects which have hardly dated.

Suggestion: Back to the Future Part III has to be watched once you have seen the rest of the saga. (Watch)

Best Part: Doc Brown falling in love.

Worst Part: That evil looking kid.

Favourite Quote: Doc Brown It means your future hasn’t been written yet. No one’s has. Your future is whatever you make it. So make it a good one, both of you.

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Nope

Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $88 Million

Budget: $40 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 58 Minutes

Tagline: They’ve saved the best trip for last… But this time they may have gone too far.

Trivia: When Doc and Marty are at the drive-in preparing the DeLorean for the trip to 1885, Marty mentions Clint Eastwood and Doc replies, “Clint who?” In this shot, there is a movie poster on the drive-in’s wall showcasing Revenge of the Creature (1955) and Tarantula(1955), containing some of the first film appearances of a young, then-unknown Eastwood.

Overall: Brilliant conclusion to one of the great set of films ever made.

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