Candyman returns with a fresh take that will puzzle audiences.
Candyman is back! Filmmaker Nia DaCosta who will be directing the upcoming Captain Marvel 2, delivers a new incarnation of the cult classic. With Jordan Peele as Producer, a fresh take on the urban legend Candyman will be hitting theaters this weekend. Will this new take win fans over and cement itself as one of the best horror films? You can watch Candyman in theaters starting this Friday, August 27th.
For as long as residents can remember, the housing projects of Chicago’s Cabrini-Green neighborhood were terrorized by a word-of-mouth ghost story. It was about a supernatural killer with a hook for a hand. He was easily summoned by those daring to repeat his name five times into a mirror.
A decade after the last of the Cabrini towers were torn down…
Visual artist Anthony McCoy played by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and his partner, a gallery director Brianna Cartwright, played by Teyonah Parris, move into a luxury loft condo in Cabrini. It is now gentrified beyond recognition and inhabited by upwardly mobile millennials.
With Anthony’s painting career on the brink of stalling, a chance encounter with a Cabrini-Green old-timer exposes Anthony to the tragically horrific nature of the true story behind Candyman. Anxious to maintain his status in the Chicago art world, Anthony begins to explore these details in his studio as fresh grist for paintings. But, unfortunately, this unknowingly opens the door to a complex past that unravels his own sanity and unleashes a terrifying wave of violence that puts him on a collision course with destiny.
Unfortunately, this Candyman sequel fails where the original succeeded, with genuine terror. Even though I enjoyed the cinematography and like the cast, this new Candyman chapter was not scary. Nothing was unsettling about this movie that prevented me from sleeping at night after watching it. This movie was not trying to horrify you but instead had a mission to make you socially conscious. It does not honor the original and seems to misunderstand it with its themes and messages. The puppetry storytelling throughout the film was an intriguing choice and may confuse the audience. Despite the entertaining filming style and visuals, the movie falls flat as a whole to deliver a polished product.
I give Candyman a 6 out of 10. I applaud what they were attempting to accomplish with this interpretation but it did not warrant another Candyman film that fails to live up to the original.
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