Back in the day when I was a kid, I remember watching ‘Candyman’ with my parents and being absolutely terrified of Tony Todd and his weird hook hand and all the bees and everything – like legitimately crying terrified, they probably shouldn’t have let me watch it – and now it looks like he’s back to do exactly the same to a new generation thanks to Jordan Peele.
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The Oscar winner has written the screenplay to this reboot and produced it, handing over the directing reigns to Nia Dacosta. You can check out the trailer and read the official synopsis below:
For as long as residents can remember, the housing projects of Chicago’s Cabrini Green neighbourhood 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.
Oh dear that looked creepy didn’t it? Loved the way they used ‘Say My Name’ as the background music, but kinda disappointed we didn’t get to see if Tony Todd was reprising his role as the iconic killer. I’m pretty sure he’s confirmed as making an appearance but I think everyone thought that was just going to be a cameo – maybe he’s actually back as him? How good would that be?
‘Candyman’ is released on June 12th, but until then check out the trailer for ‘A Quiet Place Part 2’. That’s gonna be awesome too.