CANDYMAN: DAY OF THE DEAD
Candyman: Day of the Dead is at least better than Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh, although it is ultimately only a formulaic sequel. The plot is a rehash of the first (and second) film woman summons Candyman who then becomes fixated on her, tormenting her, killing those around her and letting people believe that she is responsible. Director Turi Meyer achieves some well-photographed atmosphere. 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 someone leaping out pretending to be a psycho as soon as Donna DErrico says Candyman five times in the mirror; DErricos roommate screaming but it turning out to only be for a role she is rehearsing for; bodies swinging into the camera.
There is one original scene with Donna DErrico arrested in a cop car as Candyman appears in the front seat, gutting the cop with a hook that tears right through the seat only for her to then find she is trapped in the backseat with no door handles and having to climb over the body to get out (although the scene is subsequently ruined by the old hat cliche of the body returning to life just as she climbs across it). There is a silly ending with the means to kill Candyman coming out of nowhere it being introduced as a bogus solution only a moment before it is used. Although, the final epilogue about killing Candyman by killing the myth is a thoughtful and original end (?) to the series.
Candyman: Day of the Dead stars former Playboy model and Baywatch (1989-2001) starlet Donna DErrico who, not unexpectedly, spends a lot of time running around in her underwear.
Turi Meyer had previously directed Sleepstalker (1995) and went onto direct the dire Alien Express/Dead Rail (2005). Meyer has also written other genre films such as Leprechaun 2 (1994), Galgameth (1996) and Wrong Turn 2: Dead End (2007) and served as a story editor and producer on tvs Smallville (2001-11), The Vampire Diaries (2009-17) and Salem (2014-7).