Back in 1992 urban city kids finally got a horror icon to match those like Freddy, Jason and Myers. This icon was not killing in the suburbs or in a forest, he was hooking his fear into the inner city projects. If you said his name five times in a mirror you were sure to meet your demise in the most bloodiest way.
His name is CANDYMAN and I dare you to say his name five times in front of a mirror.
Today Universal Pictures released Oscar® winner Jordan Peele’s reincarnation of ‘Candyman’. The cult classic is reenvisioned by new comer Nia DaCosta (Little Woods) and stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (HBO’s Watchmen, Us) and Teyonah Parris (If Beale Street Could Talk, The Photograph). The film returns to the Chicago’s Cabrini Green housing project but a decade later when the projects have been turned into luxury loft condos. “Visual artist Anthony McCoy (Abdul-Mateen II) and his girlfriend, gallery director Brianna Cartwright (Parris), move into a luxury loft condo in Cabrini” and like true Candyman fashions, Anthony is hooked to Candyman’s honey like a bee.
Check out the trailer for Candyman and tell Latin Horror what you think? My theory is that Anthony is the result of the forbidden love. In the original by Bernard Rose, Candyman was a painter that was murdered because he was married to a white women that had his child. I have a hunch that this time around Candyman is here to pass his legacy to his great-great grandchild Anthony. In the trailer it seems that Anthony is becoming the new Candyman as there is many shots of reflections from mirrors and glass representing that duality type of father and son.
Candyman will sink his hooks in Theaters June 12.
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 (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II; HBO’s Watchmen, Us) and his girlfriend, gallery director Brianna Cartwright (Teyonah Parris; If Beale Street Could Talk, The Photograph), 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; HBO’s Euphoria, Assassination Nation) 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 terrifyingly viral wave of violence that puts him on a collision course with destiny.
Universal Pictures presents, from Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures and Jordan Peele and Win Rosenfeld’s Monkeypaw Productions, in association with BRON Creative, Candyman. Candyman is directed by DaCosta, and is produced by Ian Cooper (Us), Rosenfeld and Peele. The screenplay is by Peele & Rosenfeld and DaCosta. The film is based on the 1992 film Candyman, written by Bernard Rose, and the short story “The Forbidden” by Clive Barker. The film’s executive producers are David Kern, Aaron L. Gilbert and Jason Cloth.