In 1992, a horror movie came out that changed me forever. Now, let me just say, I live for scary films. I LOVE to be scared. However, when I saw Candyman, I could never be alone again, not even in the bathroom — especially not in the bathroom. But we have to admit, the new reboot looks insanely nuts, and I can’t wait to see it!
The 2020 version of Candyman is produced and co-written by Jordan Peele — so, you know it’s going to be good. After his breakthrough film Get Out, we could not get enough of Peele’s visionary talent. His work has been in such high demand.
One of the main reasons we love the new Candyman is that it’s directed by 29-year-old Nia DaCosta. The young filmmaker got her breakthrough with her 2015 script for Little Woods, which was one of the “12 projects chosen for the 2015 Sundance Screenwriters and Directors Labs.“
DaCosta puts a super modern-day feel to the movie and centers it around what is haunting Chicago’s Cabrini-Green housing projects (like the original). Still, this time the film also deals with the gentrification of the North Side neighborhood.
“Gentrification is what helped us to re-imagine the story because Cabrini-Green is gone,” DaCosta told Deadline. “The movie from the ’90s has a vision of Cabrini-Green where it’s sort of on its way to being knocked down.”
There’s also a lot of gore in this new one, which is great but also scary AF.
“I really love gore,” DaCosta told the publication. “It’s something that Jordan and I talked about a lot. What’s fun about working with Jordan is that our horror aesthetics are different. Jordan is really brilliant at not showing everything, and my instinct is to do the exact opposite …there’s a good amount of things you don’t want to see.”
Here are some other cool tidbits about the new Candyman, which isn’t out until June 12 (!) Actress Vanessa Williams, who was in the original, will be in this new one, and the trailer features Destiny’s Child “Say My Name.” How fitting!
Check out the trailer below.
The cast includes Teyonah Parris (If Beale Street Could Talk), Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Us” and “Watchmen), Nathan Stewart-Jarrett (Misfits), and Colman Domingo (Fear the Walking Dead).
Again, the movie doesn’t come out until June 12, so until then, we’ll watch the original and avoid using the bathroom.