Candyman (2021) No-Spoiler Review


Even those who haven’t seen the older Candyman films know the legend, hearing it as children at slumber parties or on the playground right along with other tales like Bloody Mary. Say his name into the mirror five times, and the Candyman will appear to slaughter the person who summoned him with his bloody hook for a hand.

This sequel to the 1992 horror film of the same name does a fantastic job paying homage to the original and bringing something new and fresh to the table right along with it.


The 2021 film draws us back into a modern-day Cabrini-Green, the now-gentrified former housing project where the original film took place. It’s been twenty-seven years since the events in the first film unfolded, and a young visual artist looking to make his name in the industry turns to the urban legends revolving around the Candyman to inspire his work. Things only spiral out of control from there, with other people whispering about the legend once more and Anthony himself being dragged deeper and deeper into the lore himself.


Horror and social commentary are woven together in this film to give us something far deeper than your average slasher flick. This isn’t just a run-of-the-mill or in-your-face hack ’em, slash ’em style horror movie. (Not that there’s anything wrong with those, of course.) It’s more of a deeper, smothering kind of horror where it builds up throughout the film in a very satisfying way. That’s not to say there aren’t plenty of cringe-inducing horror moments, especially in the body horror department. Trypophobes, you’ve been warned. πŸ˜‰


I greatly enjoyed the cinematography. The film’s main character is an artist, and that is reflected in the artistic and stylistic way that the entire film is shot. Even the use of shadow puppetry as a visual tool for storytelling was entrancing and haunting to watch. There are also a lot of little blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moments subtly peppered in that help build the tension of the film if you’re paying attention.


All in all, I really enjoyed this latest addition to the franchise. I also think you can easily watch this installment of the series without having seen the original films. It finds creative ways to fill you in or remind you of what all has happened in the past.


Published by sugarandscream

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9 thoughts on “Candyman (2021) No-Spoiler Review

  1. I enjoyed the original, but my brain also struggled with it. Like, was the Candyman really dead, or a killer living in the walls of the apartment building? He came out of the mirror, if I remember correctly, but the mirror also came off the wall for realz.

    I keep hearing about another new film called Maleficent that I want to see!

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    1. Yeah, I think there was a man who adopted the name of the Candyman in the first film to intimidate and build up a reputation of fear based off the urban legend since people were already scared of that name, but there was also the “real” murderous supernatural Candyman character too. πŸ™‚
      The part with the mirror you mentioned is really interesting and creepy because that actually happened in real life. It had to do with something about making it easier for maintenance to get to the plumbing so they made all that separated the individual apartments was a medicine cabinet. Unfortunately, people eventually figured that out and exploited it to get into people’s apartments. Sadly, a woman actually ended up being murdered. If you google Ruthie Mae McCoy you can read about it. I can’t even imagine how terrifying that sort of situation would be. 😦
      Oh! I think I know the movie you mentioned, is it called Malignant? I want to see that one too! It looks really good. πŸ˜€
      – Sugar

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      1. Oh! Yes, Malignant. I’m thinking of the Sleeping Beauty villain, lol.

        I Googled Ruthie Mae McCoy and found the original 1987 article about her. I read 1/3 of it before I realized it was super long, but I can’t believe how hard police boned that one. Okay, I can, but still.

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    1. Yesss, I love doing that kind of thing too. πŸ™‚ Watching the first one and then seeing the new one will definitely add to the experience with all the tie-ins and nods it has to the original. I hope you’ll get to see it soon and enjoy it. πŸ˜€

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