Candyman Clip Shows Reason Why You Shouldn’t Say His Name

The first Candyman clip for Universal Pictures’ upcoming horror remake of the 1994 cult classic film has been released (via Fandango), highlighting the dangers of messing with urban legends. The video, which you can check out in the player below, features a group of high school girls as they learn the hard truth about why you shouldn’t say the titular killer’s name. The film is currently slated to arrive in theaters next week on August 27.

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Candyman is being led by Emmy winner Yahya Abdul-Mateen (Watchmen) as Anthony McCoy and WandaVision breakout Teyonah Parris as Brianna Cartwright. Joining them are Colman Domingo, Vanessa Estelle Williams, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Rebecca Spence, and original Candyman actor Tony Todd.

“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,” reads the official synopsis. “In the present day, a decade after the last of the Cabrini towers were torn down, visual artist Anthony McCoy and his partner, 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 terrifying wave of violence that puts him on a collision course with destiny.”

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Based on the short story The Forbidden by Clive Barker, and the 1994 cult classic film adaptation, Nia DaCosta (Little Woods, The Marvels) directs and co-writes the remake which is a fresh new take on the blood-chilling urban legend. It is also co-written by Oscar-winning scribe Jordan Peele, and Win Rosenfeld.

Candyman hails from Universal Pictures, MGM, Monkeypaw Productions, and BRON Creative. The film is produced by Ian Cooper (Us), Rosenfeld, and Peele, with David Kern, Aaron L. Gilbert, and Jason Cloth serving as executive producers.


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