Would you dare utter the name?
Director Nia DaCosta brings audiences back the quintessential horror of Candyman in a film of haunting obsession and dark pasts that threaten to once again erupt with terrifying consequences.
Watch the horrific new trailer for Candyman below:
Here’s the official synopsis:
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.
Building a screaming fit of dread with her new adaptation of the Candyman legend, Nia DaCosta appears to have crafted a film that is a fitting continuation of the 1992 contemporary horror classic and here she finds a way to stretch the legend and the material with new characters encountering an old myth.
Here in Candyman, the focus is on young artist Anthony McCoy (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II), who develops an unhealthy obsession with the Candyman legend and who soon raises up a storm of unimaginable chaos as his dangerous curiousity leads to a full on horrific massacre. Abdul-Mateen II has been proving himself as one of Hollywood’s hottest young stars, and Candyman is a great place for his impressive talents to find new ground.
In addition to Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Candyman also sees the return of the iconic Tony Todd as Daniel Robitaille/Candyman, and while his presence is unseen here in the first trailer, you most certainly feel his terrible spirit at every turn.
Be prepared to scream when Candyman arrives in theatres on June 11.