New 2021 Trailer for ‘Candyman’ Horror with Yahya Abdul-Mateen II
by Alex Billington
June 23, 2021
“Candyman ain’t a ‘he’. Candyman’s the whole damn hive.” Universal has unveiled a 2021 official trailer for the horror reboot Candyman, described as a “spiritual sequel” to the 1992 cult classic horror film starring Tony Todd. The first official trailer launched last year, and the movie was supposed to be out in theaters last year, but has finally been reset to open this August later in 2021. Producer Jordan Peele unleashes a fresh take on the blood-chilling urban legend that your friend’s older sibling likely told you about at a sleepover: Candyman. The film stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris (from If Beale Street Could Talk), Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Colman Domingo, Kyle Kaminsky, and Vanessa Williams, along with an appearance by the original Tony Todd. DaCosta explained in a video about the delay: “I started working on the film winter of 2019, I mean so much changed in that time… we had the really amazing show of political and cultural and emotional force.” But now she wants everyone to watch it together. “Horror’s just better in a room full of people who are also freaking out.” It really looks like one of the best horror movies of the year.
Here’s the second (2021) official trailer (+ poster) for Nia DaCosta’s Candyman, direct from YouTube:
You can still watch the first trailer for Nia DaCosta’s Candyman here, or the shadow puppet trailer here.
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 present day, a decade after the last of the Cabrini towers were torn down, visual artist Anthony McCoy (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) and his girlfriend, gallery director Brianna Cartwright (Teyonah Parris), move into a luxury 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 (Colman Domingo) 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 a door to a complex past that unravels his own sanity and unleashes a terrifyingly viral wave of violence that puts him right on a collision course with destiny. Candyman is directed by American filmmaker Nia DaCosta, her second feature after making Little Woods previously. The screenplay is by Win Rosenfeld and Jordan Peele. Produced by Ian Cooper, Win Rosenfeld, Jordan Peele. This was originally set for release in 2020, but then delayed due to the pandemic. Universal will now debut DaCosta’s Candyman in theaters nationwide starting August 27th, 2021 later this summer.