Touted as one of the hottest releases of 2021, the upcoming reboot of cult-classic Candyman is just about months away. So it’s only natural that Universal Studios has released a brand new terrifying trailer to hype up the supernatural slasher flick.
The film’s revival is the work of Oscar-winner Jordan Peele and filmmaker Nia DaCosta (of Little Woods and The Marvels fame). DaCosta directs this contemporary incarnation of the cult classic from a script she co-wrote with Peele and Win Rosenfeld. It serves as a direct “spiritual sequel” to the 1992 horror movie of the same name and is the fourth movie in the Candyman franchise.
The trailer gives viewers a back story to the classic Candyman character, who is said to be an innocent man killed by police after being suspected of putting razor blades in children’s candy.
For as long as residents can remember, the housing projects of Chicago’s Cabrini-Green neighborhood were terrorized by a word-of-mouth urban legend about a supernatural killer with a hook for a hand, easily summoned by those daring to say his name into a mirror five times.
In the present day, visual artist Anthony McCoy and his art director girlfriend Brianna Cartwright move into a luxury loft in the newly gentrified complex. When Anthony’s painting career on the brink of stalling, a chance encounter with a Cabrini-Green old-timer exposes him to the tragic nature of Candyman’s story.
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 and unknowingly opens a door to a complex past that unravels his own sanity. But it also unleashes a terrifying wave of violence that puts him on a collision course with destiny.
The Candyman reboot stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen as Anthony McCoy and Teyonah Parris as Brianna Cartwright. Joining them in the cast are Nathan Stewart-Jarrett as Brianna’s brother Troy Cartwright, Domingo as Cabrini old-timer William Burke, and Vanessa Estelle Williams as Anthony’s mother Anne-Marie McCoy.
Rebecca Spence, Cassie Kramer, Kyle Kaminsky, Christiana Clark, Brian King, Torrey Hanson, Carl Clemons-Hopkins, Cedric Mays, Nancy Pender, Pam Jones, and Breanna Lind also star. There is also a special appearance by original Candyman actor Tony Todd as Daniel Robitaille/Candyman.
Candyman is based on horror icon Clive Barker‘s short story The Forbidden from his Books of Blood collection and is easily the most well-known of said adaptations. The original Candyman movie was released in 1992 and was followed by two direct-to-video sequels in 1995 and 1999.
For those unfamiliar with the original Candyman movie, the story followed Helen Lyle, a graduate student who learns about the urban legend of Candyman – the killer with a hook for a right hand who can be summoned by saying his name five times in front of a mirror. Helen unwisely does just that and sure enough, the Candyman is unleashed on the world.
Jordan Peele’s Candyman reboot is scheduled for release on August 27, 2021.