We are a little under two weeks away from the release of Oscar winner Jordan Peele’s fresh take on one of the most well-known urban legends, Candyman. The original film, now a cult classic, from 1992 will be receiving a timely facelift to fit some of the terrifying social issues that have been brought back to light in the past few years. This film is directed by filmmaker Nia DaCosta.
To get us ready for Candyman Universal Pictures has released a short clip featuring both DaCosta and Peele titled, A Look Inside. In this clip, both of them talk about what the urban legend of Candyman means to them. Check it out below!
Here is the synopsis for Universal Pictures’ Candyman
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 (Emmy winner Yahya Abdul-Mateen II; Watchmen, Us) and his partner, gallery director Brianna Cartwright (Teyonah Parris; If Beale Street Could Talk, WandaVision), 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; Zola, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom) exposes Anthony to the horrific true story behind Candyman. Anxious to maintain his status in the Chicago art world, and spurred on by his white art dealer, Anthony begins to explore these macabre details in his studio as fresh inspiration for paintings, unknowingly opening a door to a complex past that unravels his own sanity and unleashes a terrifying wave of violence that puts him on a collision course with destiny.
Even for me growing up, the urban legend of Candyman was right there along with La Llorona and the Chupacabras. Peele adds a layer of real-life fears that people in our country have been facing through the decades. Now see how the memory of those horrors may summon something deadly.
Universal Studios’ Candyman is once again summoned to theaters on August 27th, 2021.