Candyman… Candyman… Candyman… Candyman… [STOP!]
Universal Pictures has dropped a second trailer for the highly anticipated horror film, Candyman. The direct sequel to the 1992 original film stars Watchmen’s Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Mad Men alum, and WandaVision breakout Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Colman Domingo, and more. The screenplay was anchored by Peele and DaCosta alongside Win Rosenfeld.
Watch the new trailer here:
The synopsis for the movie, as per Universal Pictures, denotes:
“For as long as the 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 the present day, a decade after the last of the Cabrini towers were torn down, a visual artist named Anthony McCoy and his girlfriend, an art gallery director named Brianna Cartwright, moved into a luxurious loft condo in Cabrini, now gentrified beyond recognition and inhabited by the upwardly mobile millennials. With Anthony’s painting career on the brink of stalling, a chance encounter with a Cabrini Green old-timer exposes Anthony to the tragically horrific nature of the true story behind the 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. “
Abdul-Mateen II, an Emmy Award-winning actor, plays Anthony McCoy, an artist who moves into a luxury condo on the site of the Cabrini-Green public housing development, told the Sun-Times in a 2020 interview the film should be viewed in a “safe” way.
“I think that’s a good thing if we can do it in a safe way,” said Abdul-Mateen II. “Black horror movies are really a community experience … and I think we wanted to make a movie that we thought deserved to be experienced in the same way.”
Most films that scheduled for 2020 release dates went on to opt for streaming service releases amid the COVID-19 pandemic but movie officials delayed Candyman THREE TIMES to ensure that it premieres in a more exclusive setting: movie theatres.
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Jordan Peele is an American filmmaker who was responsible for the 2017 horror film Get Out. You’ll probably also know him from the comedy sketch series “Key & Peele” created by himself and Keegan-Michael Key.
Candyman is set to screen in cinemas on August 27th.
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