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Candyman 2021 Is Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes | Screen Rant

Candyman 2021 is certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. Clive Barker’s horror short story “The Forbidden” was adapted into the feature film Candyman by director Bernard Rose back in 1992. The film was a modest box office hit with $25 million in grosses but became a cult classic.

But like any good urban legend the menacing Candyman just won’t go away. Writer-director Nia DaCosta has now brought back the story of the hook-handed ghoul for a “spiritual sequel” starring Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Teyonah Parris alongside the original Candyman himself, Tony Todd. In this updated version, the old Chicago slum Candyman used to terrorize has been torn down and replaced with a gentrified neighborhood filled with upwardly mobile millennials. Abdul-Mateen plays Anthony, an artist who survived the original Candyman reign of terror and now draws inspiration from grisly tales of the killer.

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It remains to be seen if Candyman can scare up a big audience as it releases in theaters but critics are clearly on board with DaCosta and producer Jordan Peele’s updated take on the horror classic as it currently holds an 89% score on Rotten Tomatoes, making it certified fresh. By comparison, the original Candyman holds a 76% score, which is still much better than either of its sequels, 1995’s Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh at 27% and 1999’s Candyman 3 at 10%.

Critical praise for DaCosta’s new Candyman is centered largely on the way the film blends in relevant themes with its slasher movie routines. Richard Crouse of CTV said “Candyman is a movie that succeeds on two levels, as a comment on the echoes of historical racism that can be heard today and as a horror film that'll scare the pants off of you.” Keith Watson of Slant said “Candyman doesn't merely note the connection between fear and remembrance, it also interrogates it from every possible angle.” The film’s visuals are also winning praise, with Amon Warmann of Time Out saying “Right from the first frame, DaCosta is always doing something interesting with the camera.”

It’s of course no surprise to see a movie bearing the Peele stamp winning critical praise for enlivening the horror genre by tackling socially relevant issues. Peele’s own prior directorial efforts Get Out and Us were themselves both big scorers on Rotten Tomatoes, with the former scoring 98% and the latter scoring 93%. The strong reviews for Candyman 2021 definitely suggest that Peele has a new peer in the realm of elevated horror in DaCosta, who of course has ambitions well beyond the realm of fright flicks as she’s set to direct Captain Marvel 2 for Disney.

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Source: Rotten Tomatoes

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