‘Candyman’ Trailer: Jordan Peele Brings Back the Hooked Urban Legend

Universal Pictures Australia

The trailer has arrived for CANDYMAN, the upcoming spiritual sequel to the 1992 horror film of the same name.

Get Out and Us filmmaker Jordan Peele produces and co-writes this new take on the horror legend, which tells of a vengeful ghost that has a hook for a hand and slaughters those who summon him by saying his name five times. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Watchmen, Aquaman, Black Mirror) leads the cast, playing an artist that moves with his girlfriend to now gentrified Cabrini Green, Chicago. He’s exposed to the urban legend of Candyman and decides to dig into it as material for his paintings. Yeah… not a great idea.

A surprising amount is given away for a first trailer, although who’s to say – yet – if it holds too many spoilers. It looks great though, and the trailer does a good job at sticking with the dark and slightly humourous, with a bend to a classic hip hop track, recipe that was used in the trailer for Peele’s Us. There’s a lot shown, but it’s still a little hard to grasp the overall feel of what we’ll be getting. Pumped to find out what’s in store.

The new Candyman comes from director Nia DaCosta, making her sophomore feature effort following the little-seen 2018 drama Little Woods, which starred Tessa Thompson and Lily James. The cast includes Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Colman Domingo, and Vanessa A. Williams, the latter reprising her role from the original. AND, importantly, original Candyman actor Tony Todd is also on board.

Candyman arrives in Australia on June 11 and hits the U.S. on June 12.

Extended official synopsis for Candyman:

Don’t say his name.


Oscar® winner Jordan Peele unleashes a fresh take on the blood-chilling urban legend that your friend’s older sibling probably told you about at a sleepover: Candyman. Rising filmmaker Nia DaCosta (Little Woods) directs this contemporary incarnation of the cult classic.


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.


From Universal Pictures and Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures, in association with BRON Creative, and Jordan Peele and Win Rosenfeld’s Monkeypaw Productions, Candyman is directed by DaCosta, and is produced by Ian Cooper (Us), Rosenfeld and Peele. The screenplay is by Peele & Rosenfeld and DaCosta. The film is based on the 1992 film Candyman, written by Bernard Rose, and the short story “The Forbidden” by Clive Barker. The film’s executive producers are David Kern, Aaron L. Gilbert and Jason Cloth.

Universal Pictures Australia
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