The horror genre loves a good series of films. A second (or third or fourth, etc.) kick at the proverbial can so to speak. Candyman is the latest. It originally came out in 1992. A supernatural horror film which leaned heavily towards gothic. It was based on the Clive Barker short story The Forbidden. Was popular enough to have spawned a couple of sequels.
While the original was a chill filled gorefest this sequel, from the brain of Jordan Peele, goes the more artistic route, especially in regards to the visuals. Unfortunately, the changing of the formula does not yield great results. Mostly due to the lack of oomph or in more technical terms, pace. It is slow as molasses. Which is a death sentence for a horror film. You can be a slow burner but without any pace, it does not allow any build up of tension.
Director Nia DaCosta is at the helm this time around. Based on a script written by DaCosta, Peele and Win Rosenfeld the story is hard to find. Things are really scattered. Potential is shown and then dropped. Most heartbreakingly it is not scary. This is crushing as Jordan Peele has made a couple of really creepy, smart and scary films. This is really his first misstep.
The story revolves around an artist who decides to look into the history of the urban legend that is Candyman. Unwittingly the investigation begins people talking about Candyman. It is only a matter of time before people start summoning Candyman and he is back and people start dying.
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