They Love What We Make But Not Us. 3.5 / 5
Directed by Nia DaCosta.
After a chance encounter with an old-timer exposes Anthony to the true story behind Candyman, he unknowingly opens a door to a complex past that unravels his own sanity and unleashes a terrifying wave of violence.
Given the original's social commentary and how it's eerily relevant today, it makes sense for this world to be revisited and there's no better team telling these stories than Jordan Peele's Monkeypaw Productions.
Focusing more on modern gentrification and expressionism through art, the urban myth of Candyman has had decades to evolve and infect the minds of those that hear its tale. This sequel-reboot uses bold and effective techniques to enhance the horror with some truly gruesome moments.
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is great as he loses himself in the obsession of Candyman embedding the legend within his work, giving birth to a new generation of horror.
It does lose itself towards the end focusing too hard on legacy and homage without ever really stopping to ask why, but Nia DaCosta’s adaptation is still an effective if not misguided modern horror.