Candyman movie review - Aussieboyreviews


For older teens, 2021’s Candyman is bloody and creepy horror entertainment. It’s also nearly better than the original slasher featuring the urban legend, but it’s quite political.


A decade after the last of the Cabrini towers were torn down, Anthony and his partner move to the now gentrified Cabrini. A chance encounter with an old-timer exposes Anthony to the true story behind Candyman. He unknowingly opens a door that unleashes a terrifying wave of violence.

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Movie details

Director: Nia DaCosta
Cast: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Colman Domingo, Kyle Kaminsky, Vanessa Williams, Tony Todd
Writer: Jordan Peele, Win Rosenfeld, Nia DaCosta
Release Date (Australia): 26 August 2021
Runtime: 91 minutes/1h 31m
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA, Australia
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (MA15+)

The film features horror themes, a brief suicide scene and references to racial discrimination.

Violence (MA15+)

The film contains scenes in which people are attacked with a large hook and stabbed, accompanied by large blood sprays and injury detail.

Coarse Language (M)

The film contains use of the word “f**k”, in addition to uses of “s**t”, “**shole”, “bitch”, “damn” and “hell”.

Drug Use (PG)

A woman is briefly viewed smoking a marijuana joint.

Sex (M)

The film includes multiple verbal sex references.

mpaa rating

R (for bloody horror violence, and language including some sexual references)

Aussie boy's thoughts

When the focus switches from the nonessential political concepts to the underdone horror material, at least the appearance of the Candyman is actually creepy. However, this update to the classic franchise will mainly dissatisfy and disappoint the truthful fans.

What audiences appreciated about 1992’s Candyman was the psychological eeriness and the clever design. The new Candyman is very creepy and well-crafted, but lacks the amount of suspension and is more political than terrifying. The original was also fearless when it came to depicting gruesome slashings, whereas there’s only a few moments of bloody carnage here, with most of the excitement left unrevealed.

The suspenseful climax is also surprisingly very hurried, meaning that there’s been a lot of changes between the original classic. However, it’s mostly fans that’ll hate the new design. Others will absolutely love it! It’s much creepier, faster and memorable, plus the cast’s work is acceptable. Nia DaCosta’s role of direction was also very smart. The new Candyman’s real energy would rely on a better script and some additional onscreen terror.

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