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Nia DaCosta

Please note that this film contains flashing images that may affect viewers who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy.

The following screenings will be captioned for d/Deaf and Hard of Hearing audiences: Mon 6 September 20:45, Tue 14 September 20:45, Thu 16 September 13:15

Jordan Peele has made a name for himself as one of the most exciting voices in horror cinema – using genre to explore the black experience in America in films like Us and Get Out, while producing television projects like The Twilight Zone revival and Lovecraft County. Here he sets his sights on arguably the most iconic figure in black horror cinema, Candyman, writing and producing this latest instalment, while relative newcomer Nia DaCosta (since tapped to direct the upcoming Captain Marvel sequel) directs with consummate style, making this a slick, vibrant and thoroughly contemporary take on a much-loved villain.

“a slick, vibrant and thoroughly contemporary take on a much-loved villain”

We all know the legend: say the name ‘Candyman’ in the mirror five times, and the malevolent spirit will appear to wreak bloody havoc, starting with whoever summoned him. Actor Tony Todd more or less became an overnight horror icon because of his role as the eponymous killer, and seeing him once again don the overcoat and hook in this film is an extremely welcome return. While the 1992 original revolved around the real-life run-down housing project Cabrini Green, this “spiritual sequel” picks up in the present day, with the high-rise slums now demolished and the area cleaned-up and completely gentrified. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (The Trial of the Chicago 7, HBO’s Watchmen) plays Anthony, an artist who has recently moved into a loft apartment in the newly refurbished neighbourhood, and who finds himself increasingly drawn towards its grisly history and the macabre legend of the Candyman. 

Just as the first film blended familiar horror tropes with very real and confrontational imagery of decay and racial inequality, (all while terrifying an entire generation, of course), DaCosta’s film holds a mirror up to modern society, daring you to peer beneath the shiny veneer of contemporary America and pick at the deep, dark wounds that fester there. 

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