A sequel to the 1992 film of the same name, Candyman explores the same world of Cabrini Green years on. A massive change has been made to the area, Candyman is now just a tale...ready to return. However well made this may be, the horror element seems to be lacking, getting bogged down in amongst the story.
Written by Elliot Lines
The way in which Candyman connects itself to the original film is seamless. Written by director Nia DaCosta alongside Jordan Peele and Win Rosenfeld, the way in which this eases Candyman (1992) into the story feels natural. But what the film also does is lends itself to those who haven't seen its predecessor, making this have the ability to stand alone as well as being a satisfying sequel for fans.
DaCosta's has a vision here, and there is a certain style throughout the film that is effective in moments, but there is a little left to be desired when it comes to the horror aspect. Candyman has its horror moments, such as a tracking shot away from a window, only to see Candyman strike dragging a body across the window, but this type of stylistic choice took away the gore that this film needs a little more of.
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II brings a impressive performance as an artist that is slowly succumbing to this demonic historic tale. You're unsettled whenever he is on screen, seeing the demise of his relationships and life itself. There are moments of humour scattered in to settle the tone down, which are almost unwanted at times.
There is nothing overly ground-breaking here, even if there are some creepy scenes, Candyman doesn't have much of an effect in the way of scares. Director Nia DaCosta has provided great visuals, but the impact of this film as a horror is ultimately underwhelming.