Film review: ‘Candyman’

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Kyron Lewis, Lifestyle Writer

“Candyman” is a 2021 film directed by Nia DaCosta. The movie is a sequel to the 1992 film of the same name and the fourth film in the franchise. It was released in theaters on Aug. 27 by Universal Pictures. NIU’s very own library was featured in the film in a spine tingling scene that is sure to spook audiences. 

This film centers on Anthony McCoy, played by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, a Chicago-based artist in need of creative inspiration who dives into the mysterious history of the urban legend known as Candyman. McCoy soon finds out that the legend is more real than it seems and that he has been more connected to the story than he realizes. 

This film is an impressive addition to the “Candyman” franchise, adding a new layer to the supernatural lore with modern sensibilities. The franchise has always mixed social commentary with supernatural elements; however, in more recent years, horror has elevated to showcase society and people as the true monsters of horror. “Candyman” shares some of those same themes, except it completely embraces the urban legend theme of the story. With Jordan Peele producing and working on the screenplay of the film, he has once again proved to be a rising creator in the genre of horror. 

The kills in this film are executed in very creative ways. Without showing much gore, the kills are still very brutal. There are very few jump scares, but there are plenty of eerie and unsettling moments to send chills down one’s spine. 

Abdul-Mateen II must be given props for his stellar performance in the film, but his character’s decisions are highly questionable at times, and even his reaction to certain events are very odd. Nonetheless, the film works as a great sequel to the first film released in 1992 but falls short of a rushed ending that leaves possibilities for future additions to the franchise.