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Vanessa Estelle Williams on Anne-Marie McCoy’s Return in Candyman [Exclusive Interview]

Vanessa Williams in Candyman

Amazingly, it has nearly been thirty years since the original Candyman haunted audiences as this supernatural slasher flick. With Nia DaCosta-directed version of Candyman, it relaunches the famed serial killer in the backdrop of racial and gentrification commentary that haunts society and culture in a different way.

For actress Vanessa Estelle Williams, the horror of Candyman remains the same. Say the name five times in front of a mirror—the results will still terrify you.

Here is the brief synopsis of the new Candyman film:

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 the present day, a decade after the last of the Cabrini towers were torn down, visual artist Anthony McCoy (Yahya Abdul-Metten Il of Watchman, Us) and his partner, gallery director Brianna Cartwright (Teyonah Parris of WandaVision, If Beale Street Could Talk), move into a luxury loft in Cabrini, now gentrified beyond recognition and inhabited by upwardly mobile millennials.

With Anthony’s painting career on the brink of stalking, a chance encounter with a Cabrini-Green old-timer (Colman Domingo of 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 inspirations 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.

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LRM Online’s Gig Patta chatted with actress Vanessa Estelle Williams on her reprisal as Anne-Marie McCoy as one of the survivors of the original Candyman. We talked about the new lore versus the original film, scary films, and the horror of today’s social commentaries.

Vanessa Estelle Williams is best known for her role as Maxine Joseph-Chadway in Showtime’s Soul Food, in which she received the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series. Also, she appeared in the 1991 crime drama New Jack City as the feisty Keisha. She played Rhonda Blair in the first season of Fox’s Melrose Place (1992-93).

Candyman is available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and digital today.

Watch the exclusive interview with Vanessa Estelle Williams below. Let us know what you think of the interview.

Source: LRM Online Exclusive, Universal Pictures

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