The new ‘Candyman’ is a horror classic . Nia DaCosta’s Masterpiece

a man wearing a hat: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II in "Candyman." Universal Pictures

Released in 1992, the original “Candyman” movie has

since gone on to become a cult classic. Starring

Virginia Madsen, Vanessa Estelle Williams, and Tony

Todd, that version followed a young graduate student

Helen Lyle (Madsen) studying an urban legend called

the “Candyman” – only to become terrorized by the

evil spirit, played (once again) by Todd.

 

Director Nia DaCosta takes on the beloved horror

film in her new version, which premieres Friday.

 

Fans of the original might be wondering whether

DaCosta’s film is a remake, reboot, or sequel to the

1992 movie – and while it can be tricky to keep track of

all the different terms, here’s what you can expect

from the new version of “Candyman.”

 

a man standing in front of a building: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Anthony in the new "Candyman" movie. Universal Pictures

 

The new movie is being described as a ‘contemporary

incarnation’ of the 1992 film

 

In a press release, Universal Pictures wrote that

Dacosta’s film is a “fresh take” on the original, and

also noted that it’s a “contemporary” version of the

’90s classic.

 

Trailers for the movie have featured several key

characters from the original played by the same

actors (including Anne-Marie, played by Williams, as

well as Todd’s Candyman), so the film is most

definitely not a remake.

 

Instead, it seems to be a sequel (of sorts), focusing on

the enduring legend of the Candyman after the events

of the first film.

 

And based on the trailer, the legend of the Candyman

is significantly expanded upon from the backstory

presented in the 1992 version.

In the original, the Candyman was an accomplished

painter and son of an enslaved person who achieved

success among the 1800s white community in

Chicago. But after the painter, named Daniel

Robitaille, fell in love and fathered a child with the

daughter of a white patron, a lynch mob hunted him

down, maimed him, and smeared his body with

honey, causing him to be stung to death by bees.

 

His soul was then transferred to a mirror, and

according to legend, can be summoned by saying his

name five times in the mirror’s reflection.

 

a person standing in a dark room: Teyonah Parris in the new "Candyman" movie. Universal Pictures

 

DaCosta’s ‘Candyman’ presents a new addition to the

character’s backstory

 

A trailer for the new version shows that the

Candyman in DaCosta’s movie was a friendly man

who enjoyed giving sweets to the neighborhood kids.

After razor blades were found in some candy, police

beat him, tortured him, and killed him – only to find

more razor blades in candy, proving the Candyman’s

innocence.

 

In another teaser, however, other elements of the

Candyman’s backstory are shown, including a scene

that matches Robitaille’s story from the original.

Coupled with a longtime resident’s (Colman

Domingo) statement that Candyman isn’t a “he,

Candyman is the whole damn hive,” it seems possible

that the new film might present the story of

Candyman as a curse that affects multiple men – not

just a single evil spirit, as in the original.

 

Given the reappearances of Williams and Todd in

their original roles, as well as the clear callback to the

first movie’s Candyman legend, DaCosta’s version of

the horror film adds new characters and plot points

while still remaining faithful to the 1992 classic.

 

The new “Candyman” premieres Friday in theaters,

and is much anticipated as being one of the summers

break out blockbusters. Are you looking forward to

seeing this ? Then say his name 5 times.

 

Source: Tyshawn Smith

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