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Opening Date
23 Sep 2021
M18 Violence and Gore
91 mins
English with Chinese subtitles
Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Nia DaCosta
Yahya Abdul Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart Jarrett, Colman Domingo
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 and his girlfriend, gallery director Brianna Cartwright, 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 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 terrifyingly viral wave of violence that puts him on a collision course with destiny.
By Shafiyqah  22 Sep 2021
Do you dare say his name?
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*Friendly warning to those with trypophobia: this film screams GORE, and perhaps some scenes will most definitely disgust you.

Nia DaCosta, director of Little Wood (2019), a thriller film for which she won the Nora Ephron Prize at the Tribeca Picture Festival, directed this film.

This sequel of Candyman uses a menacing crescendo of shadow puppets to echo the plot of the original, to convey, “That was folklore, this is reality.” It's more drama with a touch of slasher rather than horror. DaCosta absolutely pulled it off in her own unique way. Starring Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Colman Domingo, and Michael Hargrove.

As we grow up, we will come across friends who will spread myths that if you utter specific words into the mirror, supernatural entities would emerge and haunt you. I'm familiar with the story behind Bloody Mary, but not Candyman. According to legend, if you say his name five times, he will strike you to the ground. 

Candyman is unquestionably a deep-rooted history that never seems to fade. Be captivated, for the sequel will make your hair stand on end. It will, without a doubt, disgust you as well. The sequel depicts a series of bad events that occurred in the past and have an impact on a baby's future. A little merry infant who has never committed a sin in his life. If you've seen the first film, you'll be able to finish the puzzle by watching this one.
After a nasty instance of murder occurred right in front of his art installation, Anthony (Abdul-Mateen II) is identified as the best upcoming artist. Others marvelled at how one could react so enthusiastically while a murder just occurred in front of his paintings. What does it matter? Anthony finally felt a wave of self-assurance. His thoughts were filled with Candyman in his head. He knew he'd found his calling in the arts. It all, however, spun out of control.

Soon, his refusal to believe in the presence of the Candyman proves to be the polar opposite as numerous lives are stolen away one by one. How did he even know about Candyman's past in the first place?

It slowly worked its way towards him. It had seeped into his head. Look at how much symbolism and irony there is in the film when you watch it. Perhaps it will assist you in comprehending the events that will occur. Personally, I was disturbed by Anthony's reaction to the whole ordeal. Those who suffer from trypophobia should proceed with caution, as I have tried warning you at the beginning.

Everything about the movie is designed to help you comprehend Candyman's nature and how it takes place 30 years later. The cinematography is crisp and beautiful. The movie's color gradient is something to keep an eye out for. DaCosta proved to be a force to be reckoned with. I did wonder at one point, but there's simply something lacking. Because of the time and location, I had the impression that something was missing. It is, after all, Candyman. What could possibly go wrong, right?

Oh and one more thing: Do not say his name.
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