At some point, we’ve all had an idea for a movie, am I right? It may have been poor idea, or it may have been absolutely brilliant. The fact of the matter is, we’re most likely never going to know since most of us aren’t directors, screenwriters, or anyone else involved in the making of motion pictures.
Running a movie news website, I see hundreds of films in any given year. Rather than coming up with a completely new concept of my own, I like to map out ideas for sequels to movies that have already been made. By now you think I’m nuts, right?
Well believe it or not, after spending a good portion of my life interacting on message boards across the web, I’ve discovered that I’m not alone in this sad excuse for a hobby. In fact, it’s done so often by movie fans from all over the globe that I’ve decided to make a column out of it on Cinema Blaze.
I’d like to introduce…wait for it…Plot Thoughts, where every time I come up with what I think is a great idea for a sequel (in reality, it probably isn’t), I post it on the site. But please, don’t let me do all the talking. I want you to chime in with your own thoughts and ideas relating to whatever particular subject is on the table.
So lets get started, shall we?
In my first edition of Plot Thoughts, I’d like to share with you an idea that has been bouncing around in my head for quite some time, and that is my pitch for Candyman 4.
The original Candyman arrived in theaters in 1992, and needless to say, it shocked viewers to the bone. It was terrifying when it was released nearly 22 years ago, and it still is to this day. My goodness, is it terrifying!
I saw Candyman when I was six. I’ll be 26 this month, and only a few days ago did I muster up the courage to chant Candyman five times in the mirror for the first time. Ever since, I’ve sat petrified, waiting to feel that sharp hook of his tear through my insides. Obviously, it hasn’t happened yet.
It had been years since I saw the Bernard Rose directed horror flick, and truthfully, I forgot what a remarkable film it was. In case you weren’t aware, Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh was added to Netflix’s instant library this month. Apparently, unbeknown to me, the first movie has been available on there for quite some time. I didn’t realize this until I saw a list of new arrivals for the month of June, and Farewell to the Flesh was on there. That of course led me to search for it, I found the first one, blah, blah, blah.
Getting back on track, Candyman is one of the best horror films ever released. It’s thought-provoking, consisting of a haunting score by Philip Glass that plays perfectly with the film’s gritty tone. To this day, nobody is sure whether Candyman (Tony Todd) was responsible for the deaths in the film, or if it was Helen (Virginia Madsen), who was sucked so far into the myth that she went crazy. It can be argued either way.
In the sequel, Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh, the writers delve deeper into the title character’s origins. While the first movie already painted a pretty clear picture for who the Candyman is, the second film goes even further to explain where he was born and how his own family betrayed him. While isn’t good enough to be deemed a classic like the original Candyman, it’s an entertaining sequel that was still frightening and morbid.
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