I Dare You to Say His Name and Watch the First ‘Candyman’ Trailer in the Dark

Universal Studios has just released the first trailer for their Candyman reboot and I gotta say, this looks like it is pretty damn well done.

I don’t really remember the original much (it’s been YEARS since I’ve seen it) but this looks pretty interesting. While the original setting of Chicago’s Cabrini Green has been gentrified since the original film came out, it is pretty cool that they are keeping the location and incorporating that aspect into the story. Something that director Nia DeCosta credits as what helped her and her co-writers re-imagine the story in the first place. And the best part is Tony Todd is returning as the titular killer.

I may have to give the original a re-watch before this comes out. With Jordan Peele as a producer, I have a feeling this will be a wild ride but will also retain some of the original movies uniqueness. Based on Clive Barker’s 1985 short story The Forbidden, original director Bernard Rose relocated the story from Barker’s native Liverpool to the squalor of the now infamous Cabrini Green projects, which revised the original story’s classist undertones into explicitly racial ones. Something truly unique for a slasher film at the time.

Plot Synopsis:

In present day, a decade after the last of the Cabrini towers were torn down, visual artist Anthony McCoy (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) and his girlfriend, gallery director Brianna Cartwright (Teyonah Parris), 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) 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.


Candyman returns June 12, 2020.

What do you guys think? Interested in seeing this at all?

Author: K. Alvarez

A king without a throne.