Following on the from the success of Get Out and Us, Jordan Peele continues the horror momentum with a reimagining/sequel to the 1992 film Candyman unveiled in its first trailer featured above.
Based on a short story by horror author Clive Barker, Candyman is an urban legend who can be summoned by saying his name five times into a mirror, the titular monster will kill the summoner using a hook on the bloody stump of his right arm.
Little info has been released regarding the new film. It stars Watchmen and Aquaman actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and If Beale Street Could Talk’s Teyonah Parris and original Candyman actor Tony Todd is rumoured to return, even though he’s not in the trailer.
The Candyman trailer looks like a creepy, bloody good time and could be the best use of bees on film since the awesome ending to the notoriously bad The Wicker Man remake with Nic Cage (see not the bees! Meme)
Jordan Peele won’t be directing this one. Instead, he’s serving as producer. Candyman is directed by Nia DaCosta who says gentrification plays a large part in shaping how the new film expands the original that was set within Cabrini-Green housing project in Chicago.
“The movie from the ‘90s has a vision of Cabrini-Green where it’s sort of on its way to being knocked down, so going back there and seeing what’s happened around that area…what we do in our film is talk about the ghosts that are left behind,” she said in an interview with IGN.
DaCosta also says moviegoers can expect Candyman to be fun. “We want to do what the original film did; be audacious, be fun, but also be meaningful.”
It’s a horror movie about a supernatural villain with a hook for a hand, so expect a fair level of disturbing things on screen and plenty of gore. DaCosta added that her film contains “a good amount of things you just don’t want to see.”
You can catch the first Candyman trailer at the top of the page and see it in cinemas from June 12.