Candyman: Day of the Dead (also known as Candyman 3: Day of the Dead) is a 1999 American slasher film directed by Turi Meyer and starring Tony Todd and Donna D'Erico. It was originally the third and final installment in the Candyman series before a sequel to the original was announced and was released straight to DVD.
Several years after the events of the second film, the ghostly serial killer returns once again from beyond the grave. This time he appears during the eve of Day of the Dead to haunt Carolinae McKeever, an art gallery owner from Loas Angeles and also a distant relative of the Candyman (and also Annie Tarrant's daughter) in order for him to claim her soul so she will be next to him.
In the meantime, for that purpose, the Candyman also kills all those associated with Caroline (starting with artist Miguel Velasco, his lover Lena, and following with her roommate Tamara) in his usual gory ways with his hook. He also kidnaps her friend David de la Paz and makes it appear to the authorities that Caroline is the one responsible for the killings. He also murders seasoned police detective L.V. Sacco while Caroline is in the car, which not only brings the whole local police department down on her head, but puts her in the firing line of Sacco's partner Lt. Det. Samuel Deacon Kraft, who has no intention of bringing her in alive.
Finally Caroline is kidnapped by a gang who tie her up in an abandoned building and call Candyman in the hope of ending the murders by sacrificing Caroline to Candyman. Instead the Candyman kills the whole gang. He then reveals to Caroline that after her mother Annie Tarrant told the story of him, she called him to give herself to him to protect her daughter. Candyman killed her by slitting her throat with his hook and made it look like a suicide. He also reveals that he killed her father Paul, uncle Ethan, and grandparents Coleman and Octavia. Caroline, enraged, threatens to kill him for killing her family, but Candyman disappears. Caroline explores the building and finds David alive but injured. Candyman suddenly appears and convinces her to give her life to him. However Caroline, changes her mind and destroys the painting of him that was the cause of his resurrection with a hook, causing the Candyman to burst into flames, killing him for good.
Caroline frees David but is attacked by Det. Kraft, who tries to kill her with a hook while telling he is the Candyman. However, he is then shot in the back of the head by Det. Jamal Mathews, who was following Kraft. Before he dies, Kraft says "Candyman!" and Caroline then remembers her mother's advice to destroy the myth and tells Mathews that Kraft was the Candyman killer, which he then announces to the world. After the news get out, Caroline chants the name "Candyman" in the mirror to make sure he is dead. Candyman's hook bursts through the mirror, but this is then revealed to be a nightmare.
After that Caroline has a picnic with her now-boyfriend David and his daughter Christina in front of Annie Tarrant's grave while the Day of the Dead celebrations go on. She is finally happy, convinced that the Candyman no longer exists.
- Tony Todd as Candyman
- Donna D´Errico as Caroline McKeever
- Jsu García (as Nick Corri) as David de La Paz
- Ernie Hudson Jr. as Det. Jamal Matthews
- Wade Williams as Lt. Det. Samuel Deacon Kraft
- Robert O'Reilly as L.V. Sacco
- Lombardo Boyar as Enrique
- Lillian Hurst as Flower Seller