Candyman: Day of the Dead – USA, 1999 – reviews

Candyman: Day of the Dead aka Candyman 3: Day of the Dead is a 1999 American horror feature film directed by Turi Meyer (Alien Express; SleepStalker) from a screenplay by co-producer Alfredo Septién [as Al Septien] (Leprechaun 2), based upon characters created by Clive Barker. The Aurora Productions movie stars Tony Todd, Donna D’Errico, Jsu Garcia, Wade Williams, Alexia Robinson and Lupe Ontiveros.

Plot:

As the Day of the Dead celebration approaches the barrio of East Los Angeles, the tortured ghost of the Candyman (Tony Todd) is intent upon bringing his family together in a bloody reunion beyond the grave. Challenged to confront the horrifying legend of her ancestor, Caroline (Donna D’Errico) must confront the monster that destroyed her past…

Reviews [click links to read more]:

Candyman: Day of the Dead sacrifices most of the intelligent threads about beliefs and the realism of myths in society for a general slasher style that never really raises itself above a straight to DVD quality. The acting is poor most of the time (sans our awesome villain), the dialogue is poorly crafted, the pacing is clunky, and the film focuses on the wrong elements that made Candyman such a great film.” Matt Reifschneider, Blood Brothers

“Stupendously chronic casting sees Donna D’Errico cast as his descendant and she gives what could honestly be a strong contender for the worst performance ever. This is straight to DVD with cheap and nasty gore and effects and an annoyingly stupid storyline. You have to feel sorry for Tony Todd.” Simon Hill, Eat Horror

“Later dreams present the odd unusual image like blood coming out of an egg, while Tony Todd retains his dignity. In fact he seems especially motivated here, and more sexual too, while the film doesn’t fall into the trap of pitying him too much as well as resisting the temptation to give him loads of screen time – though you’ll probably easily get tired of him saying: “be my victim” all the time.” Horror Cult Films

“Meyer does a particularly good job of winding in elements of Latino culture. Here the film is at its best, achieving a nicely subdued quietude. However, Meyer is less effective at generating scares. He tends to rely on irritating false jumps.” Richard Scheib, Moria

“This movie was supposed to show off Candyman’s art and focus on how he was before he died, but instead, almost all of the attention is placed on Caroline’s relationship with David, and the racist cops who want to beat his ass, and the voodoo mother of David, and the stereotypical goth’s who worship Candyman, and…. oh yeah, a little time is set aside for Candyman, though not much.” Movies Made Me

” …awful sets, looks like they’re from a cheap, local-produced sitcom. Nothing looks good. What is this? Community theatre, the worst kind? Still, it has a little bit of magic here and there. All the kill scenes are brutal and nasty, Tony Todd chews the scenery – but does it like a pro.” Schmollywood Babylon

“Watch out for a cop car scene ripped off from the previous year’s Scream 2, the hilarious dance-shuffle the cop does into the room right at the end, and best of all D’Errico’s little-girl scream when she discovers the first bodies. This was so unbelievably bad I played it a dozen times until I could laugh no more.” Hudson Lee, Vegan Voorhees

“The “plot” just basically calls for Candyman to harass D’Errico while forcing her to watch as he guts her friends. This is OK for the first 45 minutes or so but it gets a bit tiresome after a while. You also have to deal with some annoying Candyman worshipping punks/art critics, a bunch of stupid dream sequences, and an ending that pretty much sucks too.” Mitch Lovell, The Video Vacuum

 

Cast and characters:

  • Tony Todd … The Candyman / Daniel Robitaille
  • Donna D’Errico … Caroline McKeever
  • Jsu Garcia … David de la Paz (as Nick Corri)
  • Wade Williams … Samuel Kraft (as Wade Andrew Williams)
  • Alexia Robinson … Tamara
  • Lupe Ontiveros … Abuela
  • Mark Adair-Rios … Miguel Velasco
  •  Ernie Hudson Jr. … Jamal Matthews
  • Leonardo Guerra … Little Boy
  • Mike Moroff … Tino
  • Robert O’Reilly … L.V. Sacco
  • Chris Van Dahl … Dante
  • Rena Riffel … Lina
  • Laura Mazur … Caroline Sullivan
  • Elizabeth Guber … Jamie Gold
  • Elizabeth Hayes … Annie Tarrant
  • Lombardo Boyar … Enrique
  • Lillian Hurst … Flower Woman
  • John Quijada … Old Man
  • Nicole Contreras … Cristina de la Paz
  • Jud Meyers … Fitz
  • Kathleen McMartin … Chloe

Filming locations:

Boyle Heights, Los Angeles

Technical details:

  • 93 minutes
  • Audio: Stereo
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85: 1

Related:

Candyman – USA, 1992 – reviews

Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh – USA, 1995 – reviews

 

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