In present day, a decade after the last of the Cabrini towers were torn down, Anthony and his partner move into a loft in the now gentrified Cabrini. A chance encounter with an old-timer exposes Anthony to the true story behind Candyman. Anxious to use these macabre details in his studio as fresh grist for paintings, he unknowingly opens a door to a complex past that unravels his own sanity and unleashes a terrifying wave of violence.
One of the most anticipated films of the year is finally here and thankfully, it does not disappoint.
It is1992, and somehow you are cramped under the sheets because you decided to watch the one movie no one ever thought would scar them for life. Candyman is a cult classic, so it is evident that newcomer Nia DaCosta had big shoes to fill. Gladly, she gives us the one thing I ask for...a good time at the movies.
While this version is not a remake, but a sequel, it still continues the sadistic story of the one hand man that appears in the mirror after repeating his name five times. However, Nia takes a new approach by introducing new characters, storylines, and a whole lot of blood.
I particularly love the use of puppetry animation sequences in this film. It creates a very creepy feel that is innovative and visually stunning. The cinematography is beautiful and the performances are spot on. This film is also much more humorous than I expected. You must see this in theaters to get the full effect. I promise it is worth the trip!
Unfortunately, the only mild aspect of this film is the horror. It is not as terrifying as the first installment. There are few jump scares here and there, but none is going to knock you out your seat. This is a more psychological approach to the story where you truly get to see the main character go insane. Not a bad choice, but not what I was expecting from a franchise like this.
Nonetheless, I recommend supporting this movie. It has been some time since we had a Black horror film. And I am happy that we can add this on to the list.