Garrett and Carson unwrap the re-sequel (?) Candyman (2021).
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.
Us has all the right components to be an all-time great horror movie. Great concept, wonderful cast, superb directing, and an unforgettable score. Jordan Peele’s sophomore outing did almost everything right; except for the writing. Peele sacrificed his script and concept in an attempt to drive home his social message of class inequality.
Us gave us one of the most brilliant and terrifying trailers I have ever seen. Using a creepy version of “I Got 5 on It” in the trailer and in the movie itself was a stroke of genius. It set the stage to be the horror movie of a generation. Regrettably, the movie lost the horror vibe after the first 30 minutes. In what was done so seemingly effortlessly in Get Out, gave Peele major issues in Us. Us spent the remainder of the run-time seeking to force his message into the story which only creates questions and plot holes throughout.
I am excited for Jordan Peele’s next outing as he has proven he is a very capable director with many fresh new ideas. Unfortunately, until then we are left to wonder what Us could have been if he had just set out to make a great horror movie.