Allison M. 🌱’s review published on Letterboxd:
They tore it down and gentrified the shit out of it.
Candyman had a flawless setup and execution along with magnificent performances and fine silhouette animation sequences that Lotte Reiniger would be proud of.
An inordinate amount of blood is shed as well as a ton of fun is had with the legend. The humor offsets the terror marvelously. It was great that Virginia Madsen's character, Helen Lyle, was a part of the story, despite her not being prominent in this film. There are also a few jump scares, a twist so horrifying, and mirrors at every turn inviting people to summon you-know-who.
Vanessa Williams plays the mother of the main character, Anthony McCoy (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II). Her hair, nails, and dress made her look so young that I thought she was supposed to be McCoy's sister at first.
I enjoyed the flashbacks, the petty people who were part of the art scene, and the splendid directing by second-time director Nia DaCosta. While remembering that superstar Jordan Peele served as co-writer and producer, DO NOT FORGET THAT THIS IS DACOSTA'S BABY!
-Beheaded rottweiler (told through silhouette animation)
-Anthony smashes bee
-Brutality toward humans
-People die in lots of gruesome ways