Candyman ★★★½

Candyman. Candyman. Candyman. Candyman. Ca- okay, I'd better stop.

Jordan Peele wrote and produced this direct sequel to the 1992 horror classic of the same name. It was directed by Nia DaCosta. As you might expect with Peele's name attached, there's a lot of social commentary about the African-American experience of oppression, from lynchings through to gentrification.

This aspect is worked quite effectively into the story, as are some occasional moments of humour. Performances are good, especially by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Teyonah Parris as the main protagonists. However, the horror aspect falters slightly at times. While director DaCosta crafts a few stylish kill scenes (with some particularly effective use of mirrors, plus a setpiece in an art gallery that recalls Dario Argento's Suspiria), she doesn't quite succeed in sustaining the momentum throughout the runtime.

It's a worthy and interesting sequel but not quite the classic I was hoping for. Three and a half Candymans out of five.

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