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Film / Candyman: Day of the Dead

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Candyman: Day of the Dead is a sequel to Candyman, released in 1999.

Twenty-five years after the events of the second film, the Candyman returns once again, this time, during the eve of Day of the Dead, to haunt Los Angeles art gallery owner Caroline McKeever, a distant relative of the Candyman, in order for him to claim her soul.

This film has examples of:

  • Asshole Victim: Detective Sacco and Detective Kraft are racist assholes, so its hard to feel too bad for them when Candyman brutally kills Sacco and Kraft posthumously has Candyman’s murders pinned on him.
  • Bound and Gagged: Caroline is knocked out by the gang that stole her paintings. When she wakes up, she is tied to a chair and ball gagged. The plan is to offer her as a sacrifice to Candyman, but the big fella isn't in the mood to play along...
  • Deceased Fall-Guy Gambit: After Candyman has been dealt with once and for all, Kraft appears, intending to kill Caroline with a hook. Once he is dealt with also, all the previous killings are pinned on him.
  • Gorn: Detective Sacco getting Candyman's hook shoved into his mouth.
  • Hooks and Crooks: Annie destroys the painting containing the last piece of Candyman's essence with a hook.
  • Horror Doesn't Settle for Simple Tuesday: Candyman renews his terror around the time when Mexico prepares to celebrate Day of the Dead (Dia de Muertos.)
  • Irony: Candyman's primary weapon is a hook. Guess what Caroline used to kill him.
  • Karmic Death: Candyman is destroyed by his own descendant, with the same kind of weapon he once used to murder her mother.
  • Modern Stasis: The film is slated to take place 25 years after the last film, which was slated to take place in the same year it was released (1995), meaning that this film is set in 2020, yet it doesn't look any different from the then-present year of 1999.
  • Ms. Fanservice: The scene where Caroline summons Candyman is also where she appears only in her panties and a low-cut shirt.
  • Offing the Offspring: Candyman kills his great-great granddaughter, and protagonist of the previous film, Anne Tarrant.
  • Parental Incest: Candyman isn't above making romantic moves on his own descendant by disguising as her lover in bed, then later kissing her while she is tied up. What makes it even worse is that she is also supposed to be the reincarnation of his daughter.
  • Spooky Painting: Candyman's good side is held within a set of paintings, notably his own, and as everybody knows evil can't exist without good, so Caroline has to destroy the paintings to kill him.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Annie Tarrant is revealed to have been killed by the Candyman after she called him to give herself to him to protect her daughter Caroline. Candyman killed her by slitting her throat with his hook and made it look like a suicide.
  • Title of the Dead: Used as a subtitle.
  • Unexplained Recovery: No explanation is given for how Candyman came back from having his soul shattered at the end of the previous movie.