Described as a “spiritual sequel” to the 1992 cult classic horror film, the first official Candyman trailer launched last year, and the movie was supposed to be out in theaters already, but has finally been reset to open this Summer.
Candyman is a one-armed man with a hook for a hand who appears when you say his name five times, in front of a mirror.
In the 1992 film, the character, who is thought to be a myth, is brought back to life by grad student Helen Lyle, who has decided to write a thesis about local legends and myths.
Here’s the new trailer (or you can watch it here):
Universal’s official synopsis reads:
“For as long as the 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, a visual artist named Anthony McCoy and his girlfriend, an art gallery director named Brianna Cartwright, moved into a luxurious loft condo in Cabrini, now gentrified beyond recognition and inhabited by the 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 the 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.”
The film stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris (If Beale Street Could Talk), Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Colman Domingo, Kyle Kaminsky, and Vanessa Williams, along with an appearance by Todd.
Jordan Peele has produced the movie and has co-written the script with Win Rosenfeld, with Nia DaCosta, director of forthcoming dark drama Little Woods, on directing duty.
Candyman opens August 27th.