Candyman is a horror film franchise that originated with the 1992 film of the same name. The original film, directed by Bernard Rose, was based on the short story “The Forbidden” by Clive Barker. The Candyman character, played by Tony Todd, quickly gained a cult following due to his iconic appearance and the unique blend of horror and urban legend elements in the film.
Number of Candyman Films
There have been three Candyman films released so far: the original 1992 film, Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh (1995), and Candyman: Day of the Dead (1999).
Plot of the Original Candyman Film
The plot of the original Candyman film revolves around a graduate student named Helen Lyle (Virginia Madsen), who is studying urban legends as part of her thesis. She becomes fascinated by the legend of Candyman, a ghost who is said to be summoned by saying his name five times into a mirror. As she investigates the legend, Helen begins to encounter Candyman (Tony Todd) herself, and realizes that the legend may be more real than she thought.
Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh
Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh, the second film in the franchise, picks up where the original film left off. It follows the story of Annie Tarrant (Kelly Rowan), who is skeptical of the Candyman legend and tries to debunk it. However, Candyman sets his sights on Annie and her family, and she must face the terrifying reality of the legend.
Candyman: Day of the Dead
Candyman: Day of the Dead, the final film in the original trilogy, is set in New Orleans, where the Candyman legend has taken on a life of its own. The film follows a group of college students who accidentally summon Candyman while making a documentary about urban legends.
Possible Future of the Candyman Franchise
In recent years, there has been talk of a possible reboot or remake of the Candyman franchise. In 2018, Jordan Peele (Get Out, Us) was announced as a producer on a new Candyman film, which is set to be released in 2020. Peele has said that the new film will be a “spiritual sequel” to the original, and will explore the idea of “trauma and grief at the center of horror.”
In conclusion, there have been three Candyman films released so far: the original 1992 film, Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh (1995), and Candyman: Day of the Dead (1999). A new Candyman film, produced by Jordan Peele, is set to be released in 2020. The Candyman character has become a cult horror icon and has influenced many other horror films and urban legends.