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Nia DaCosta’s ‘Candyman’ Delivers on Both Gore and Reality

Director/writer Nia DaCosta creates a deliciously gory film with not only visual effects but also gut-wrenching sounds. Sometimes, it’s what you don’t see that’s frightening. Candyman takes place in the Chicago Cabrini-Green area, which was once a low-income housing project. An artist named Anthony McCoy (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) and his partner Brianna Cartwright (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II), a gallery director, are a couple living in the now gentrified more.