Everyone’s favorite hook-handed boogeyman returns to the streets of Chicago for more mayhem in the gory trailer for  Nia DaCosta’s Candyman adaption. Described as a “spiritual squeal”, the Jordan Peele produced slasher follows the same general plot of the first Candyman, with an unexpected but welcomed twist.

In the trailer we meet Anthony (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II), who was actually the endangered infant from the 1992 original, all grown up and now a budding visual artist. Anthony becomes obsessed with the Candyman legend at some point. So much so, that he decides to base his latest art installation on the murderous myth. Things get bad quickly when Anthony seems to fall under Candyman’s influence as he is haunted by visions and inexplicably violent impulses set to a harmonized rendition of Say My Name by Destiny’s Child.  This turn is reminiscent of the Nightmare on Elm Street squeal- which I am certainly not mad about- in which teenage Jesse becomes a host body for dream demon Freddy Krueger. 

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Elsewhere we see a group of teenagers gather in a bathroom. At one point they decide to summon Candyman by saying his name five times in a mirror. Sure enough, blood is shed and Candyman is back. Damn kids. Along side Abdul-Mateen the cast features  Colman DomingoTeyonah Parris and even a rumored cameo by Vanessa Williams! The only downer about this gruesome trailer is Tony Todd isn’t featured. However fans of the original franchise can’t help being excited, after all “what’s blood for, if not for shedding?

Mark your calendar’s for June 12th, 2020 and prepare to be hooked by the new trailer below!

A hook-handed boogeyman spits out swarms of bees and haunts a housing project in Chicago.

 

 

 

Fallon Marie Gannon