Candyman (2021)

In the beginning, there was Clive Barker’s short horror story The Forbidden, which weaved together graffiti, urban legends, and life in the poorest areas of large cities. In his film Candyman (L&A 1993), Bernard Rose transported the events to Chicago’s Cambrini–Green, bringing the racial tensions of the United States to the surface.
Jordan Peele took on the idea as a producer and developed the screenplay with Nia DaCosta. The new film continues the story of Rose’s film, 27 years after the previous events. Now the story centers on ambitious artist Anthony McCoy (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) and his partner, gallerist Brianna Cartwright (Teyonah Parris). The urban legend awakes Anthony’s interest and leads him to Cambrini–Green to look for inspiration for his show. Soon, he hears more stories about Candyman, who lured in children with sweets spiked with razor blades.
The tale sparks Anthony’s creativity, and his art show takes form, while a scab from a wasp bite spreads on his skin. Soon, the legend depicted on his show begins to spread, as well, as more and more people say Candyman’s name five times in front of the mirror, the ghost’s hook hand swings, and bodies begin to pile up.
With powerful visuals, Nia DaCosta’s fierce direction intensifies Anthony’s dark downward spiral and spices up the Candyman mythology with modern themes of gentrification, art world pretention, the circle of violence created by racial tensions, and police brutality.
Pekka Lanerva (translated by Inari Ylinen)

  • Language: English
  • Distribution: SF Studios
  • Cinematography: John Guleserian
  • Editing: Catrin Hedström
  • Music: Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe
  • Sound: Chris Diebold, Michael Babcock, Jeff Sawyer, Ian Herzon
  • Production design: Cara Brower, Jami Primmer
  • Costume design: Lizzie Cook
  • Make-up: Aimee Lippert