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Sweet smell of slight success for sequel


Candyman (2021)


This modern day continuati­on of the classic 1992 original was co-written and produced by Jordan Peele (Get Out) and directed by Nia Dacosta.

Peele’s fingerprin­ts are all over it as he’s proved to be the master of infusing horror with racial politics.

Dacosta finds clever ways to play on characters calling on the titular menace via mirrors and her use of shadow-plays is a really nice visual touch.

Unfortunat­ely, though, her film just isn’t very scary. It’s more a story of psychologi­cal breakdown than a hook-handed supernatur­al killer. It’s also too talky and doesn’t settle on a clear antagonist until very late on.

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