Go ahead, say his name and he’ll appear! Nia DaCosta and Jordan Peele’s Candyman sequel/reboot is finally set to terrorize theaters in August, and a terrifying new trailer is here to remind you why A Quiet Place 2 isn’t the only horror heating up the summer.
Directed by DaCosta from a story by Peele and Win Rosenfeld, Candyman brings back the hooked killer and Chicago urban legend whose rage is fueled by a history of racism. DaCosta, who tackled themes of race and class in her breakout film Little Woods, will do the same in this contemporary version.
The film stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, and Colman Domingo, along with the O.G. Candyman himself, Tony Todd.
Candyman opens in theaters on August 27th.
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 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 the 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.