Candyman

2021, Mystery & thriller/Horror, 1h 31m

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Candyman takes an incisive, visually thrilling approach to deepening the franchise's mythology -- and terrifying audiences along the way. Read critic reviews

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The 2021 Candyman may not be as scary as the original, but it expands the story in ways that fans of the franchise should enjoy. Read audience reviews

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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 about a supernatural killer with a hook for a hand, easily summoned by those daring to repeat his name five times into a mirror. In present day, a decade after the last of the Cabrini towers were torn down, visual artist Anthony McCoy (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II; HBO's Watchmen, Us) and his partner, gallery director Brianna Cartwright (Teyonah Parris; If Beale Street Could Talk, The Photograph), move into a luxury loft condo in Cabrini, 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 (Colman Domingo; HBO's Euphoria, Assassination Nation) 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 macabre details in his studio as fresh grist for paintings, unknowingly opening a 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.

Cast & Crew

Teyonah Parris
Brianna Cartwright
Colman Domingo
William Burke
Kyle Kaminsky
Grady Greenberg
Vanessa Williams
Anne-Marie McCoy
Tony Todd
Daniel Robitaille, Candyman
Brian King
Clive Privler
Miriam Moss
Jerrica Cooper
Rebecca Spence
Finley Stephens
Christiana Clark
Danielle Harrington
Michael Hargrove
Sherman Fields
Nadia Simms
Ringleader
Jordan Peele
Screenwriter
Win Rosenfeld
Screenwriter
Nia DaCosta
Screenwriter
Shauna Bryan
Executive Producer
Jason Cloth
Executive Producer
Aaron L. Gilbert
Executive Producer
David Kern
Executive Producer
John Guleserian
Cinematographer
Cara Brower
Production Designer
Jami Primmer
Art Director
Ryan Watson
Set Decoration
Lizzie Cook
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  • Sep 04, 2021
    The racial undertones of the original Candyman become racial overtones in what is a film with a message. Not only that, but this new Candyman is a clearer, and more cohesive film that takes the mythology of the original and cranks it to 11, even using little moments and incorporating them in clever ways. I have a great love for the original Candyman, but this new one just takes what that one did and does it that much better. The horror is superb with gruesome kills and very clever direction. There is a genius use of point of view, wherein we only see Candyman in the mirror or reflective surfaces; that is until we are seeing from the pov of the character summoning him. The story is excellent too, building on what the original did in unique ways and deepening the use of the history of racial trauma within the Candyman mythology to expand his hive. The one area the film loses me is with it's central antagonist. Not Candyman, the other antagonist. Without getting into spoilers, motives are a little wonky and I just didn't buy it and that made the ending a little tough to swallow. Besides that, Candyman is an excellent follow up and a great entry in modern horror.
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