(2021) (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris) (R)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Horror: A painter becomes obsessed in various ways with an urban legend where if a certain name is repeated five times while looking in a mirror, murder will be the result.
Anthony McCoy (YAHYA ABDUL-MATEEN II) is a Chicago-based painter who's dating gallery curator Brianna Cartwright (TEYONAH PARRIS) and is looking for inspiration for his latest project. He thinks he's found just that after hearing a scary story told by Brianna's brother, Troy (NATHAN STEWART-JARRETT), along with general talk of the gentrification of certain areas, such as the housing complexes of Cabrini Green.
Anthony travels to that mostly deserted neighborhood, where he meets Laundromat owner William Burke (COLMAN DOMINGO) who grew up there and witnessed cops murder Sherman Fields (MICHAEL HARGROVE), wrongly believing him to be responsible for putting razor blades into candy given to children.
Anthony also learns of the urban legend of the Candyman and that if you say his name five times while looking into a mirror, that supernatural figure will show up and kill you. And that's exactly what happens after hours at Brianna's gallery where two people end up murdered by the Candyman who's visible only in mirror and other glass reflections. As Anthony becomes obsessed with painting scenes of past violence toward black people of that area, the Candyman legend spreads and starts taking more victims.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- If they're into socially conscious horror films, they probably will.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
- For bloody horror violence, and language including some sexual references.
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