“Candyman,” once an urban legend turned classic horror film, gets a refreshing new approach. Jordan Peele co-wrote the screenplay, and rising star Nia DaCosta directs the thriller, digging into the myth’s origin story’s salient contemporary themes. Yahya Abdul Mateen II, who starred in Watchmen, plays a Chicago artist obsessed with the Candyman legend. A singularly stunning new trailer promises an impressive cast, principally excellent production values, and plenty of gore in its broadly upcoming august release.
Universal has released a synopsis for the movie:
“For as long as residents can remember, the housing projects of Chicago’s Cabrini Green neighborhood were terrorized by a word-of-mouth ghost story about a supernatural killer with a hook for a hand, easily summoned by those daring to repeat his name five times into a mirror. In present day, a decade after the last of the Cabrini towers were torn down, visual artist Anthony McCoy (Abdul-Mateen II) and his girlfriend, gallery director Brianna Cartwright (Teyonah Parris), move into a luxury loft condo in Cabrini, now gentrified beyond recognition and inhabited by upwardly mobile millennials.
With Anthony’s painting career on the brink of stalling, a chance encounter with a Cabrini Green old-timer (Colman Domingo) exposes Anthony to the tragically horrific nature of the true story behind Candyman. Anxious to maintain his status in the Chicago art world, Anthony begins to explore these macabre details in his studio as fresh grist for paintings, unknowingly opening a door to a complex past that unravels his own sanity and unleashes a terrifying wave of violence that puts him on a collision course with destiny.”Universal pictures
In describing this new film as a spiritual sequel to the original 1992 film, Peele suggests it is a spiritual continuation of Clive Barker’s story Candyman with an updated hook and script. “Harriet” filmmaker Kasi Lemmons added an early acting presence to the star-studded cast that included Virginia Madsen, Tony Todd, Vanessa Estelle Williams and Tony Todd. This update features Todd and Williams reprising their roles.
The movie “Candyman” will be released in theaters on August 27. You can get chills watching the trailer below.
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