‘Arrow in the Head’ have brought to our attention that a new issue of Total Film magazine, out tomorrow, includes a “massive horror preview” – with the cover story going to director Nia DaCosta’s Candyman, the “spiritual sequel” to the 1992 film of the same name. From this issue, a few new images from the film have been released online, including a somewhat obscured look at the title character.
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 and his girlfriend, gallery director Brianna Cartwright, 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 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.
DaCosta wrote the screenplay for the film along with Jordan Peele and Win Rosenfeld. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Colman Domingo, and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett star in the film, with original Candyman cast member Vanessa Williams returning to reprise the role of Anne-Marie McCoy. Tony Todd is also involved – somehow.
October 16th is the release date, and I think that David Smith and myself are going to be fighting over who gets to review this one!!!