Only the few and forgotten have dared utter his name five times while looking in the mirror. And once he's been summoned, he can't be unsummoned. Those who aren't afraid of the "man" with a hook for a hand obviously haven't met him yet. And they certainly haven't met his hive. If you haven't guessed it by now, we're talking about the urban legend that'll be haunting theaters this weekend in "Candyman." With such a joyful name, you wouldn't guess that he'd be such a sinister threat. But don't fret, we've pulled together the 9 things you need to know before you watch "Candyman" this weekend in theaters.
This Is a Direct Sequel to the Original 1992 Film
For those audiences born in the '90s and above, you may not have known that this film is actually a sequel to the original 1992 film of the same name. The first film is where we first learned the level of horror and terror that the Candyman inflicts on his victims. And of the things we've heard, we know that this "Candyman" has been described as the "spiritual" sequel to the original. So, what does that entail? What we do know is, Anthony McCoy was a young infant whose life was spared in the first film. Now, it looks like Anthony is all grown up. And for some crazy reason, he has a suspicious interest in the Candyman. It's a weird coincidence given that his life was almost taken by this same spirit as a child.
Nia DaCosta Is in the Director's Chair
"Little Woods" director Nia DaCosta is at the helm of this fright fest as a director and writer. Even though DaCosta hasn't worked on a ton of projects, Marvel has trusted her enough to let her be the director of the upcoming MCU film "The Marvels." If she was able to convince Disney to let her direct one of the most important things on their slate, then we know that bringing the Candyman back to life for a modern-day audience will be a piece of cake.
Jordan Peele Is a Writer and Producer
Another important name that we're super jazzed to see as a writer and producer of this flick is "Us" director Jordan Peele. Given his current horror streak that he's been on since the release of his 2017 film "Get Out," there's no other name we'd rather see attached to this film than Jordan Peele. It's crazy to think that Peele started his career in comedy as an actor. And now he has evolved so much that he's now known for directing and producing horror flicks. The newest thrill ride to come out of his twisted mind is a horror film set for 2022 titled "Nope." From what we've seen so far, Peele knows his horror. So, we're very much looking forward to seeing what he's able to do with this project.
Tony Todd Will Be Reprising His Role as Candyman
One of the most important things to know about "Candyman" is that the original Candyman actor Tony Todd will be gracing our screens once again. Though younger movie-goers might not know who were referring to, we know that you'll remember who he is after you watch this film. For those audiences that have seen the original film, this is huge news! Todd absolutely killed the role of Candyman the first time around. And now he gets a chance to pick it back up after all these years. Keep an eye out for the Candyman. But don't worry, we're pretty sure he'll find you first.
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II Is the Lead Actor
Rising star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II will be the one playing a key role in breathing life into this urban nightmare. You may recognize this actor from his roles in "Us," "Aquaman," and most recently "The Trial of the Chicago 7." He'll also be in the highly anticipated upcoming new addition to the Matrix franchise "The Matrix: Resurrections." Even from the previews, we can already tell that this will most likely be his best performance to date. If you look carefully at his character from start to finish in the trailer, you'll see a killer transformation before your very eyes. Just based on our first look, we'd say that he's going to need some time to recover after they're done filming.
Teyonah Parris Is the Supporting Actress
The other actor to keep a close eye on is Teyonah Parris. Some of her recent films include "If Beale Street Could Talk," "Charm City Kings," and "The Photograph." But her most recent role that turned heads was as Monica Rambeau in the Disney+ original show "WandaVision." She certainly proved that she has what it takes to make it in the MCU. Because of these efforts, she'll be joining "The Marvels" and she'll be reunited with director Nia DaCosta. In regard to her role in this film, she'll be playing the supportive girlfriend of Yahya Abdul-Mateen II's character.
Bee Ready for the Return of the Hive
From the previews we know it may look like the Candyman will be the only thing that folks will need to worry about. That couldn't be further from the truth. Once you invite the Candyman into your life, he brings his hive. Sometimes the hive might be referring to a literal hive of bees. And sometimes the hive might be referring to the Candyman's hive, aka his posse. Who's in his posse, you ask? Well, based on the first film, we can remember that he recruited at least one new member. But other than that, we don't know. The more we think about it, he might be needing some new members...
Helen Lyle Will Play a Role in This
Most of you might not remember or recognize the name Helen Lyle. She was the first unsuspecting victim from the first film. Chicago semiotics graduate student Helen Lyle and her friend were so confident that this "myth" was just that. So, they decided to repeat his name five times in the mirror. They were even working together on a thesis trying to outline how the residents of Cabrini-Green used the Candyman as a coping mechanism. Big mistake. You can probably guess how that story ended.
Candyman Has a Few New Tricks Up His Sleeve
With so many years having gone by, the Candyman may have learned some new ways to recruit and torture those who call out to him. In the first film, we were used to seeing him appear in a physical form. But based on what we've seen in the trailer, he seems to only appear as an invisible presence that forms in shadows and reflections. At least when you could see him you might have had a fighting chance to survive. There's also an instance where the main character Anthony McCoy looks at himself in a mirror only to find that he himself is the Candyman. Unfortunately, there's no answer that we can think of that can explain that scene. But isn't not knowing half the fun?
August 27, 2021
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