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Nia DaCosta · USA/CANADA · 2021 · 91 mins · 14A
Awards IMDb7284%
Oct 22 8:00pm
Oct 23 8:00pm

If you’re looking for a shuddery fright fest that’s as smart as it’s scary, head over to Candyman, now in theaters from director Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw productions. Candyman is a riveting continuation of the infamous 1992 shocker about a serial killer who can be called back to life by anyone with a death wish and the guts to look into a mirror and say Candyman five times. The 2021 version cuts deeper, as you’d expect with Peele as producer and co-screenwriter.

One of Peele’s canniest moves was bringing on Harlem-raised Nia DaCosta (Little Woods, next year’s The Marvels) to direct and speak to the current revolution of Black Lives Matter in life and art. "On one level, the character is a myth and a monster," said De Costa, "but as we know, America creates monsters out of Black men all the time."

The reboot stars Watchmen Emmy winner Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, who is dynamite as Anthony McCoy, a visual artist who just moved into a luxury loft in Cabrini, now gentrified by upwardly mobile millennials, much like his lover, gallery director Brianna Cartwright, sharply played by Teyonah Parris of WandaVision.

The scares are off the charts, but only as a means to confront the film’s challenges. You’ll think hard about everything you see. Welcome to a new horror classic.—ABC News

‘It's magnificent.”—

“With its sophisticated reclamation of the Candyman legend and slick, confident filmmaking, even for those not thrilled by the idea of horror cinema more generally, it is hard to deny that Candyman is a massive and exciting step forward”—ABC Radio

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