Beautifully Haunting ‘Candyman’ Trailer Reveals his Origins

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With the civil unrest that is taking place in society today the release of Nia DaCosta’s ‘Candyman’ film is not only timely but also an important story which is highlighted in the new artfully crafted paper trailer that dropped yesterday on her Twitter account.

CANDYMAN, at the intersection of white violence and black pain, is about unwilling martyrs. The people they were, the symbols we turn them into, the monsters we are told they must have been.” said DaCosta.

Check out the trailer for yourself below.



The beautiful shadow puppetry was done by @ManualCinema and the haunting score which I adore was created by @lichensarealive.

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 (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II; HBO’s Watchmen, Us) and his girlfriend, gallery director Brianna Cartwright (Teyonah Parris; If Beale Street Could Talk, The Photograph), 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; HBO’s Euphoria, Assassination Nation) 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.

The release date was pushed back from June to September. We can’t wait to check out the re-imagingin of Nia DaCosta’s ‘Candyman’ and see what else she has in store for us!

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