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Candyman (2021)

Horror | 91 minutes
2,57 357 votes

Genre: Horror / Thriller

Duration: 91 minuten

Country: Canada / United States

Directed by: Nia DaCosta

Stars: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett

IMDb score: 5,9 (76.135)

Releasedate: 25 August 2021

Candyman plot

"Dare to say his name."

Anthony is an outspoken artist who decides to open a gallery in Chicago centered around an urban legend, the Candyman. Candyman is a one-armed man who appeared if you said his name 5 times to kill you. When mysterious murders take place around Anthony, the Candyman seems to have returned. Sequel to the movie 'Candyman'.

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Chainsaw

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The trend of remakes seems to be over and the trend of a sequel that ignores previous parts seems more popular than ever. But then films that present themselves in terms of title as reboot or remake. An understandable choice from a financial point of view, yet frustrating that movies like The Thing, Halloween, and Candyman (and soon Scream) are sequels or prequels, but bear the same name as the original. That makes it confusing. For a long time, it was not clear whether Nia DaCosta's Candyman would be a reboot, remake or sequel. It turns out to be an obvious sequel. In fact, it is recommended that you review the first Candyman before watching this one. You can skip the sequels, so you can leave Farewell to the Flesh and Day of the Dead on the shelf.

2021 Candyman from producer Jordan Peele is an interesting sequel, which does very interesting things visually. Just take all those excellent opening credits. Simple, but very mood-enhancing and ominous. Also further on, DaCosta makes a few interesting visual choices and plays with mirrors à la Poltergeist 3. The movie moves pretty much the same way as the first movie; art, the history of the Cabrini Green slum and even certain characters from that first film play an important role. DaCosta succeeds very well in creating a fascinating film with atmospheric scenes, but unfortunately she never gets her film scary alone. As an exciting horror film, Candyman is somewhat disappointing. Also the ending, with some questionable choices of certain characters, is unfortunately a bit messy. Still a stylish sequel and a lot better than the previous Candyman sequels that we got in the 90s. This is a trend that I would like them to continue. Except for the choice of title, then.

3.5 stars.

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bugels

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Wonderful old-fashioned supernatural horror! FINALLY!

The first Candyman was way ahead of its time, and this new version doesn't follow suit. But man, what a party. The film is a feast for the eyes and even for seasoned horror connoisseurs who know this franchise by heart, it is horrifying. A real nightmare.

At a time when Steven King was thought to be scary, Clive Barker was suddenly there with his crazy fairy tales and every right-minded horror fan was ready in anticipation of a new story with standing ovations and tears of joy at receiving the next earth-shaking nightmare. Strangely enough, that promise fulfills this film. The thing is, we know the story, and yes it's not by Clive Barker and there's no acrobatics in it, but the atmosphere goes from grim to manic to absolutely horrifying.

It's a fine example. The tone is never over the top, the atmosphere is right and if this is the quality that Mr Peele has in mind, I hope he continues to shake his tube for a long time to come

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Corcicus

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The original Candyman, meanwhile, feels a bit dated and the 1995 sequel didn't make any sense at all. So I was looking forward to this brand new sequel. Unfortunately, Jordan Peele got involved in the project and then you just know you're facing an open buffet of racial platitudes.

The viewer has to take cover from a barrage of anti-white reproaches. From the still brave gentrification over discrimination, to the inevitable white supremacy. We know it by now: The KKK is the dominant political force in the US in 2021 and blacks who dare to take to the streets should be happy if they make it through the night without being lynched by a mob of rabid racists. Candyman has an almost all black cast. The only whites who show up are smiley queers or those rabid racists. Fortunately, there's Candyman, who in this version has emerged as a woke social justice warrior who brings the racial justice that America apparently needs with his hook.

Some shots are decent, but for the most part this had nothing to do with the original. After The Twilight Zone, this is the second classic to be strangled by Peele himself.

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