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The second trailer for Nia DaCosta’s “Candyman” horror has been released.
The upcoming DaCosta-directed flick is being released under Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Studios and is a direct sequel to the original 1992 movie.
In the movie, Anthony McCoy (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II), the young boy who was saved by Helen Lyle saved in the first movie, has grown into a man. He decides to move back to newly gentrified Cabrini Green, . Anthony battles a crippling artist’s block and eventually finds inspiration in the legend of Candyman… but something deep within him is awakened and will change his life forever.
Last year, DaCosta shared in an interview what she’d like viewers to feel after watching her movie.
“In the original, he’s already a fully formed…I guess monster, we’ll say, because that’s definitely how he’s positioned in the original film, as a monster,” DaCosta said, according to Slash Film.
“In this one, we really wanted it to be a slow progression, and for me, I really wanted to trigger the response of like, you know when all of us have had a rash or something, and we’re like, hmm, what’s that? Maybe it’s a heat rash, and then maybe it doesn’t go away for a while and you’re like, hm, interesting. Should I go to the doctor? No, it’s probably fine. And then for a vast majority of people, it goes away. In this movie, of course, it doesn’t go away, it gets worse, and so I wanted to have that effect.”
The movie was slated to be released last year but has been pushed back due to the pandemic. The “Top Boy” director wants to enjoy movie fans get the whole experience.
“We made Candyman to be seen in theaters. Not just for the spectacle but because the film is about community and stories–how they shape each other, how they shape us. It’s about the collective experience of trauma and joy, suffering and triumph, and the stories we tell around it,” she tweeted last September.