It’s that step after you’ve exhausted all of the Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers, and Freddy Krueger horror flicks. It’s in the camp of horror with The Ring, The Grudge, and Urban Legend, and maybe even When a Stranger Calls. This one is another take on the Bloody Mary legend (or is it Beetlejuice?). It’s, of course, Candyman, the horror that first saw a young Tony Todd as the creepy villain from the mind of famed horror writer Clive Barker, all of 28 years ago.
We now have a first trailer for a sequel to the 1992 cult horror film, again called Candyman. The big news is it’s coming from producer Jordan Peele and director Nia DaCosta, and because of Oscar-winner Peele (Get Out, The Twilight Zone) it stands a better chance at getting noticed from the ordinary slasher film fare.
It also seems to have greater credibility because Tony Todd is back in at least some role in the film, giving the perception that he’s given this sequel his own seal of approval, which is good for fans of the original Candyman. Todd starred in the first film with Virginia Madsen (Swamp Thing, Monk, Dune) and Ted Raimi (Twin Peaks, Ash vs Evil Dead), before he became well known for roles in Chuck, The Crow, The Flash, The Orville, The X-Files, the Final Destination series, and several Star Trek series.
Wait–there’s no candy here. How many times will “say my name” be the theme of 21st century movie? We’ll pass on the red band trailer for this one. But here’s the green band–yet still blood, bug, hook, and scare-filled–trailer for the new Candyman:
Candyman stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Watchmen, Black Mirror, Aquaman’s Manta), Teyonah Parris (WandaVision’s new Monica Rambeau in the Marvel Universe), Nathan Stewart-Jarrett (Dracula), Colman Domingo (Fear the Walking Dead, the new Tom Clancy film Without Remorse), and again, Tony Todd. Nobody has been named as playing Candyman yet, so you never know–he may be back in the role again.
Candyman is in theaters, if you dare, June 12, 2020.