The Geek still won’t say it in a mirror after all this time. Not once. Not twice. And definitely not five times. That is how much the original 1992 horror film Candyman, starring Tony Todd, affected me. Now, Jordan Peele has taken on the IP and is producing a new version which takes place in a now gentrified Cabrini Green.
The original 1992 American supernatural horror film was written and directed by Bernard Rose, and starring Virginia Madsen, Tony Todd, Xander Berkeley, Kasi Lemmons, and Vanessa Williams.
Based on the short story The Forbidden by Clive Barker, the film follows a graduate student in Chicago completing a thesis on urban legends, which leads her to the legend of Candyman (Todd) the ghost of an artist and son of a slave who was murdered in the late 19th century.
We knew a first look was coming as sure as you say the name five times and it will be here on Thursday. Peele and director Nia DaCosta’s (Little Woods) released a brief teaser and poster.
In a new social media tactic, the Candyman twitter account has offered a way to see a few snippets of the upcoming trailer. Just tweet #Candyman five times and boom.
The quick clips don’t reveal much, but it does set the tone. The first tease does confirm that Aquaman and Watchmen actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II will star.
While he appears as a normal guy in the first snippet, the second gives us a quick glimpse of Candyman’s hook, and we also get to hear his “be my victim” catchphrase.
Here is a second tweet of the location.
Specific plot details for Universal and MGM’s remake – which was actually developed as a “spiritual sequel” to the original – are still under wraps.
Candyman was released theatrically by TriStar Pictures and PolyGram Filmed Entertainment on October 16, 1992, and grossed over $25 million domestically. It was followed by two sequels, Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh (1995) and Candyman: Day of the Dead (1999). Candyman is regarded in some critical circles as a contemporary classic of horror cinema. The Geek’s anticipation for this is high.
The Geek is a working screenwriter, director and screenwriting instructor.