'Candyman' says the name again, mixing horror with social commentary

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CNN 26 August, 2021 - 10:53am 34 views

How many times do you say Candyman?

In Day of the Dead, the lynch mob chants "Candyman" five times before he dies. wikipedia.orgCandyman (character)

During Gamescom Opening Night Live, we got our first look at what to expect from Call Of Duty: Vanguard's campaign. Last week, Activision confirmed the game would be set in an alternate history World War 2, and the new footage of one of the opening missions follows a sniper stealthing around in Stalingrad. It's dramatic, cinematic, and it sure looks like a Call Of Duty game set in WW2. Take a peek yourself in the trailer below.

The developers say Vanguard is a "totally new take" on WW2, which is an interesting way of talking about a historical event. They say it'll tell the story of "the birth of special forces", in which Laura Bailey plays a sniper named Polina Petrova.

In the trailer, we follow Polina who seems to have just gained consciousness in a semi-destroyed building. She stealths her way through it to take out some enemy soldiers, though it quickly becomes less stealthy when she finds a gun. Next we see her outside doing a little bit of Uncharted-esque platforming up the side of a building, before finding her signature weapon, a sniper rifle, to take out yet more baddies down in the streets.

Following that, there's fighting in some tight apartment corridors, sneaking around some scary tanks, then we go back in time a little to catch some German planes laying down gunfire into the streets as Polina tries to escape.

It's all very stealthy and rather cinematic - sometimes Polina runs around guns-blazing, others she's a bit sneaky-beaky. But all in all, yep, that's some Call Of Duty right there.

Call Of Duty: Vanguard is set to release on November 5th. Before then, you'll be able to try it out in its cross-platform beta on September 18th.

It's worth noting with this news that COD publishers Activision Blizzard are currently facing a lawsuit surrounding their alleged toxic workplace culture. This week, the State of California claimed that the company had shredded documents pertaining to the ongoing investigation, allegedly interfering with the process.

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Candyman Review

IGN 26 August, 2021 - 04:30pm

Candyman's Rotten Tomatoes score confirmed

digitalspy.com 26 August, 2021 - 03:57pm

Just don't say his name.

Nia DaCosta's Candyman seems to have convinced most critics with her reimagining of the 1992 horror movie of the same name.

Produced by Get Out director Jordan Peele, this new film taps into the original story with a modern twist. The action is set in the now-gentrified Chicago's Cabrini Green neighbourhood, where the legend of the man with a hook for a hand lives again.

Initial reviews dropped yesterday (August 25), with DaCosta's spiritual sequel scoring an excellent 86% on movie review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. This score could change as more reviews come in.

"The approach to continue the legacy rather than remake it also allows Candyman to appeal to audiences old and new. There are refreshers of what happened in the 1992 original, but they don't feel like an exposition dump and naturally work as a ghost story that Cabrini Green residents would tell each other."

"While the film never seems to settle on Candyman's agency and a few interpersonal relationships could have done with more than a single scene, this is still a searing and exceptional piece of work."

"That's a general problem with the script, written by Jordan Peele, Win Rosenfeld, and DaCosta: Candyman is so message-driven that it flattens into a generic fable."

"This Candyman misunderstands the allure of the original and has nothing meaningful to say about the contemporary ideas it observes with all the scrutiny of someone rushing through a Starbucks order on their way to work."

"This film is a very tasty confection of satire and scorn."

"The movie prefers to tell rather than show, making for an incomplete fusion of social commentary and gothic scares."

"Right from the first frame, DaCosta is always doing something interesting with the camera."

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