Candyman (2021)

Candyman (2021)

Candyman (2021)

Billed as a "spiritual sequel" to the 1992 horror, produced and co-written by Jordan Peele (Get Out). Set in the now-gentrified Chicago neighbourhood where the Candyman legend - a murderous soul with a hook for a hand, the son of a slave killed in the late 19th century, summoned by saying his name five times in the mirror - began. Tony Todd, who played The Candyman in the original, returns.

In present day, visual artist Anthony McCoy (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Us) and his girlfriend (Teyonah Parris, If Beale Street Could Talk) move into a modern condo in Cabrini. It's there that they bump into an old-timer (Colman Domingo, Assassination Nation) that spooks them with the true story of what happened there decades earlier. Anxious to kick-start a stalling career, Anthony begins to explore the horrific details in his studio. But he doesn't realise that by doing so, he's paving the way for an all new wave of terror.

2020Rating: MA15+, Strong horror themes and violence91 minsUSA
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FilmInk

FilmInk

Well-intentioned but strangely flat and inconsistent.

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Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

Both overly didactic and muddled.

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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

(Candyman) distinguishes DaCosta as a visionary to be reckoned with.

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Vulture

Vulture

Every intriguing plot point... is squandered by pedestrian direction, facile thought, and a craven commodification of Blackness.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

(Candyman is) overstuffed with numerous relevant springboards for discussion, often at the expense of sustained dread.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Though it delivers some entertaining comedy and bloodshed, Candyman is clunky and overly instructive in its metaphorical purpose...

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Variety

Variety

DaCosta stages (the murders) with a spurting operatic dread that evokes the grandiloquent sadism of mid-period De Palma.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

(Candyman) artfully weaves together supernatural-powered genre chills with some decidedly real-world truths.

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Bloody Disgusting

Bloody Disgusting

Candyman... pays tribute to the original and its legacy while forging a very present, grounded path forward, organically expanding the mythology.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

A very tasty confection of satire and scorn.

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Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago Sun-Times

Gory yet strikingly beautiful and socially relevant...

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Collider

Collider

A wry, ambitious, occasionally frustrating reimagining...

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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

There's an elegance to DaCosta's storytelling, always giving us just enough to keep us moving forward without signalling too much of what's to come.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

The attention to race, police brutality, community displacement and related issues doesn’t mean the thrills are any less spine-tingling or the bloodletting less ghastly.

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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

A fun, thought-provoking time at the movies.

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