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Jon Towlson

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781911325543

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781911325543.001.0001

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Sequels, Spin-offs and Knock-offs

Sequels, Spin-offs and Knock-offs

(p.95) 5. Sequels, Spin-offs and Knock-offs

Jon Towlson

Liverpool University Press

This chapter studies the sequels to Candyman (1992), Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh (1995) and Candyman: Day of the Dead (1999), in terms of what they add to the Candyman mythos. Each attempts to deliver more of the same but arguably without the level of intelligence and skill that Bernard Rose brought to the original. Bill Condon's Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh clarifies the origins of the Candyman, but also the miscegenation subtext of the first film is made more explicit. Released straight to DVD by Artisan Entertainment, Turi Meyer's Candyman: Day of the Dead is essentially a remake of the original film, with certain plot elements of Farewell to the Flesh thrown in to the mix. The chapter then considers the knock offs, looking at the various movies based on the legend of ‘Bloody Mary’, and the Urban Legend franchise, which includes the direct-to-DVD entry Urban Legends: Bloody Mary (2005). The continuing popularity of these films suggests that the urban myth and what it represents is still very much alive.

Keywords:   Candyman, Candyman sequels, Bernard Rose, Bill Condon, Turi Meyer, Bloody Mary, Urban Legend franchise, urban myth

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