Yesterday, I ran a list of potential horror movies that we’d love to rescue from Development Hell, that place where many films are banished, most never to be heard from again. One such lost treasure is Candyman 4: “Set in New England in an all-girls college where a professor is the descendant of Candyman, yet she doesn’t know who or what he is.” (Source) While issues involving the film’s rights kept that film from ever getting made, it’s not the only Candyman movie that could-have-been—only in another case, it was probably for the best!
Last June, original Candyman director and co-scribe Bernard Rose sat down with the folks at The Movie Crypt Podcast, where he revealed that a crossover was seriously considered: Candyman vs Leprechaun! It sounds like a joke, but Rose explained that the studio was keen to capitalize on the success of Freddy vs Jason, which was an unexpected hit in 2003; the same company owned the rights to both the Candyman and Leprechaun franchises so they began developing a script. Luckily, Tony Todd flat out refused to take part in any such tomfoolery! You can listen to the interview in its entirety, HERE.
In the original Candyman: Skeptical graduate student Helen Lyle (Virginia Madsen) befriends Anne-Marie McCoy (Vanessa Williams) while researching superstitions in a housing project on Chicago’s Near North Side. From Anne-Marie, Helen learns about the Candyman (Tony Todd), a knife-wielding figure of urban legend that some of her neighbors believe to be responsible for a recent murder. After a mysterious man matching the Candyman’s description begins stalking her, Helen comes to fear that the legend may be all too real.
In the original Leprechaun: Dan O’Grady (Shay Duffin) steals 100 gold coins from a leprechaun (Warwick Davis) while on vacation in Ireland. The leprechaun follows him home, but Dan locks the murderous midget in a crate, held at bay by a four-leaf clover. Ten years later, J.D. Redding (John Sanderford) and his daughter, Tory (Jennifer Aniston), rent O’Grady’s property for the summer. When their new neighbors accidentally release the leprechaun, he goes on a murderous rampage to reclaim his gold.