The original Candyman haunted me as a kid. I made it a point to not walk past a mirror after dark. Tony Todd brought a daunting presence and sinister voice to the role that is virtually unmatched in the horror genre. I was excited to see a new direction of Candyman, but there seemed to be a lot of conflicting ideas meshed into one. It is unfortunate that the creative cinematography wasn’t coupled with a better story.
Candyman is caught somewhere between a sequel and a reimagining. At times it leads you to believe it is forming it’s own mythology of the character into a new updated direction. Then it reverts back and falls into the Candyman of old lineage. It ends up being a convoluted mix of both leaving you with more questions than answers.
If you are looking for jump scares, Candyman is not for you. It isn’t even a creepy movie that might keep you up at night wondering what will come through the mirror above your dresser. As far as horror movies go, it is an above average. But that is typically a pretty low bar.