Horror has a long-standing custom of artistic thievery.
“Halloween” and “Friday the 13th” spawned dozens of copycat slasher movies, whereas “The Exorcist” unleashed countless tales of demonic possession.
So the truth that the French shocker “Kandisha” pilfers the “Candyman” template isn’t a shock, nor a motive to dismiss it. The import lacks the visceral scares that make the most effective horror pop, however its sober storytelling makes it onerous to dismiss as one more horror clone.
Three French teenagers spend their idle time tagging native buildings and trash speaking with their mates. Amélie, Bintou and Morjana (Mathilde Lamusse, Suzy Bemba and Samarcande Saadi) dwell in a poor neighborhood, and it’s implied that welfare is a key revenue supply for some.
The social commentary right here by no means smacks you upside the pinnacle.
Their carefree days are interrupted when Amelie’s ex makes an attempt to rape her. She will get revenge by summoning an city legend, a warrior named Kandisha, to forestall the thug from doing something like that once more. The teenagers realized concerning the Moroccan spirit throughout considered one of their graffiti classes, however they didn’t take it critically.
Flawed transfer, since Kandisha wasn’t content material killing only one man of their lives. The trio don’t know the best way to cease it, and their family members could also be subsequent on its hit checklist.
Administrators Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo of “Inside” fame seize the verbal bombs hurled by fashionable teenagers. Racially-charged barbs fly quick and furiously of their crowd, however nobody walks away offended. They’re amongst mates, and it’s a no hurt, no foul panorama.
That perspective offers the acquainted story some texture. In spite of everything, summoning killer spirits by incanting their identify is so “Candyman”-esque, to not point out a sure Michael Keaton character bedecked in black and white.
That system calls for a slap of recent paint, and “Kandisha” partly delivers.
There’s nonetheless a scarcity of urgency right here, an issue partly because of the movie’s pedestrian modifying. It’s positive to keep away from the prototypical low cost and/or bounce scares, however just a few of the actual deal can be good. The ghoulish title creature is bodily imposing and has a really un-CGI like presence.
Once more, refreshing. But it ought to be stirring actual concern in audiences, and that not often occurs.
Maybe its the workman-like approach the our bodies begin piling up. Or the truth that the characters, whereas immediately vibrant, don’t develop because the story strikes on. These aren’t disposable teenagers, and their flaws are straightforward to see. Nonetheless, we ought to be more and more apprehensive for his or her survival, however that isn’t all the time the case.
HiT or Miss: “Kandisha” reveals how a recent setting can invigorate even a shopworn horror theme, however we’re nonetheless left with out sufficient impolite and prepared scares.