The wait is almost over. Go ahead: Say it. If you dare.
The “spiritual sequel”/reboot of the original 1992 horror classic Candyman will finally hit theaters Aug. 27 and–according to a release from Universal Pictures–the film is a “fresh take on the blood-curdling urban legend.” Check out the chilling trailer on this page and judge for yourself.
It’s been a rough road to the big screen for this Candyman. The film was shot back in the autumn of 2019 and was scheduled for a theatrical release in June 2020. Then came the pandemic. So, the release was pushed back to last September, then to last October and then to an unknown 2021 date. So, after all that, August is practically right around the corner.
The R-rated film–produced by Jordan Peele, Ian Cooper and Win Rosenfeld–was directed by Nia DaCosta from a screenplay she wrote with Peele and Rosenfeld. Based on the original movie and the Clive Barker short story The Forbidden, the film stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett and Colman Domingo.
Set a decade after the last of the Cabrini-Green Towers in Chicago–a neighborhood terrorized by a story about a supernatural killer with a hook for a hand–were torn down, artist Anthony McCoy and his partner Brianna move into a luxury loft condo in Cabrini.
A chance encounter with a Cabrini-Green old-timer exposes Anthony to the “tragically horrific nature of the true story behind Candyman,” according to the official synopsis. The murderous Candyman, according to legend, can be summoned by those “daring to repeat his name five times in an mirror.”
Anthony explores these details as grist for his paintings, “unknowingly opening a door to a complex past that unravels his own sanity and unleashes a terrifying wave of violence that puts him on a collision course with destiny.”
Keep reading Horror News Network for the latest on Candyman as August draws near.