10/29/21 – OCTOBER HORROR MOVIE PICK #29 – Candyman (2021).

When the new version of Candyman was announced, I went through the same checklist of feelings I always have in this situation. Is it a remake of the original Candyman, or a sequel? Are they going to tread the same territory, or enter into some new ground? Are they going to rely solely on nostalgia, or will they take some chances? Luckily the answer to every one of those questions is yes. Here is the brief imdb synopsis:

A sequel to the horror film Candyman (1992) that returns to the now-gentrified Chicago neighborhood where the legend began.

Like many current horror films, and especially those done by Jordan Peele, there is a conscious choice to lean into timely social commentary and actually say something. The updated Candyman most definitely says something. It’s basically tailor made for this current moment in time. You can’t discuss the movie without delving into the commentary as well. I mean, the tagline for the film is “Say His Name”, which is a perfect nod to the “Say Her Name” justice mantra for Breonna Taylor. But the thing is, while it does hold a powerful message, it’s a great horror film too. The visuals and directing style are striking. There are a few shots that you want to pause on screen and stare at because they’re works of art. It manages to walk that fine line of retreading known territory, but also building on it and creating its own path. It may be a sequel, but it just feels different than a lot of films out there right now. It’s extremely unique, and really worth your time. A great movie.

Where to Watch: OnDemand purchase only, or it’s still in a few theaters.

Food/Drink Pairing: Honey Nut Cheerios with more honey on top.

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