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Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh is a sequel to Candyman, released in 1995.

Coleman Tarrant, the father of New Orleans schoolteacher Annie Tarrant, is murdered while investigating the deaths of three men in a manner similar to the Candyman legend. One year later — and three years after the Candyman murders in Chicago — Professor Philip Purcell writes a book about the latter case. Candyman kills Purcell in a public bathroom following a book signing. Annie's brother, Ethan, is accused of Purcell's murder because of previous confrontations between the two over the subject. After one of Annie's students claims to have seen the Candyman, she tries to discredit the legend by invoking his name. Annie summons Candyman to New Orleans on the eve of Mardi Gras, where the killings begin in earnest.


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This film has examples of:

  • Asshole Victim: Detective Levesque, who seems to be more interested in nailing a perp from the elite crowd than actually finding the real killer. Ties in with Tempting Fate, since he forced Ethan's face against the reflective interrogation mirror as he did the "Candyman" chant as a means of breaking him.
  • Berserk Button: When Candyman kills you it's either because you summoned him, got in the way of him trying to kill his summoner, or know how to stop him. However, if you happen to be related to him and bitterly deny his relation to you, he'll brutalize you. Octavia learned that the hard way.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: After Annie discovers the truth of her family’s relation to Daniel Robitaille, she confronts Octavia for lying and hiding the truth all these years, and how it led to the death of Annie’s father, who died trying to stop Candyman.
    Octavia: Your father was trying to destroy everything we had by linking our name with that monster!
    Annie: So you destroyed it, instead… by denying the truth.
    Octavia: I am not a part of him!
    Annie: WE’RE HIS FAMILY!
    Octavia: NO!
    Annie: WE’RE HIS BLOOD!
    Octavia: I will not have you talk like that in this house!
    Annie: YOU CAN’T WASH HIM AWAY WITH A BOTTLE!!!
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  • Continuity Snarl: Purcell's exposition in the first movie stated that Candyman died at Cabrini Green, in Chicago. The sequel then establishes that he really lived and died in New Orleans.
  • Horror Doesn't Settle for Simple Tuesday: The events of the film take place during Mardi Gras.
  • Lady Drunk: Annie's mother Octavia is dying from cancer, and she spends her days drinking liquor and being unpleasant to anyone who isn't part of her family.
  • Literally Shattered Lives: After the mirror containing Daniel Robitaille's soul is destroyed, his manifestation on front of Annie turns into glass and shatters into pieces.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Annie discovers that she is the great-great-granddaughter of the Candyman.
  • Someone to Remember Him By: Paul dies, but not before leaving his girlfriend a parting gift.
  • Soul Jar: Annie comes to learn that on the moment of his death, Daniel Robitaille's soul transferred into a mirror that was being held by his lover Caroline. In order to stop Candyman, that mirror must be destroyed.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Phillip Purcell is first to meet his doom after he defies the Candyman myth by reciting his name on front of reflective surface five times.

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