CANDYMAN video review – Jordan Peele smartly revives a horror icon for modern movie audiences

CANDYMAN video review – Jordan Peele smartly revives a horror icon for modern movie audiences

Based on the Clive Barker short story, he original CANDYMAN became a horror classic in 1992. Now, Jordan Peele (of GET OUT and US fame) is updating the character with modern sensibilities and delivering us a sort of sequel/update in the new CANDYMAN, hitting theaters this weekend after being pushed back from a Summer 2020 release, thanks to Covid. Directed by Nia DaCosta (LITTLE WOODS), the cast features Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (AQUAMAN), Teyonah Parris (CHI-RAQ), Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Colman Domingo, and the great Tony Todd (yes, the original CANDYMAN). Check out my video review (courtesy of this week’s episode of The Big Film Show) below and if you get a chance to see the film, tell us your thoughts in the comments.

For as long as the 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 the present day, a decade after the last of the Cabrini towers were torn down, a visual artist named Anthony McCoy and his girlfriend, an art gallery director named Brianna Cartwright, moved into a luxurious loft condo in Cabrini, now gentrified beyond recognition and inhabited by the 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 the 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.

Here’s the review:

And here’s the latest trailer for the film:

CANDYMAN opens August 27, 2021

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Born and raised in Dallas, Mark has been a movie critic since 1994, with reviews featured in print, radio and National TV. In 2001 he started the Entertainment section of the Herorealm website, where he contributed film reviews and celebrity interviews until 2004. After three years of service there, he started Bigfanboy.com, which has become one of the Dallas film community's leading information websites. Bigfanboy hosts several movie screenings in the Texas area, and works closely with film and TV studios and promotional partners to host exciting events and contests. The site also features a variety of rare celebrity and filmmaker interviews, and Bigfanboy.com regularly covers the film festival circuit as well. In addition to Hollywood reporting, Mark has worked for many years as an advertising and sci-fi/comic book artist. Clients have included Lucasfilm Ltd., Topps Trading Cards, The Dallas Mavericks and The Dallas Stars. From 2002 until 2015 he managed the Dallas Comic Con, Sci-Fi Expo and Fan Days events in the DFW area. He currently catalogs rare comic books and movie memorabilia for Heritage Auctions, and runs the Dallas Comic Show conventions, but remains an avid moviegoer and cinema buff.