IMDB describes the bone-chilling film as a ‘”spiritual sequel” to the horror classic Candyman (1992) that returns to the now-gentrified Chicago neighborhood where the legend began.”
According to the movie’s official site, the modernized blood-chilling urban legend film is based on the 1992 version, which was penned by Bernard Rose. Additionally, the short story “The Forbidden” by Clive Barker is incorporated into the upcoming version, which is directed by Nia DaCosta.
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The original was set in a Chicago housing project that was once “terrorized by a word-of-mouth ghost story about a supernatural killer with a hook for a hand.” The updated version picks up in current times; the projects have been demolished. A visual artist (Anthony McCoy) and a gallery director (Brianna Cartwright) have settled into a luxury condominium in the gentrified area of Cabrini.
An old-timer from the neighborhood (Colman Domingo) encounters Anthony and exposes him to the frightening legacy of Candyman. Instead of leaving good enough alone, Anthony gets sucked into exploring details that will not allow him to turn back, according to the film’s website . David Kern, Aaron L. Gilbert and Jason Cloth are executive producers of the project.
Candyman appears to offer a wild ride with Black characters playing major roles in the horror genre. According to HuffPost, Black actors were cast for major film roles in the horror genre beginning the 1970’s. However, stereotypes such as violence and hyper-sexualization of characters remain prevalent. Candyman, which is produced and co-written by Jordan Peele (Get Out, Us) should continue a new legacy of Black film creation told from a modern perspective.
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