The sort-of ‘Candyman’ sequel has a trailer: ready to say his name & get hooked?

King Felipe and Queen Letizia attend the opening of ARCO in Madrid!

Jordan Peele is magnificent. After the financial, critical and awards success of Get Out, Peele could write his own ticket, anywhere, anyhow. He used his new-found clout to do the following: produce the Oscar-winning BlacKkKlansman (a Spike Lee Joint), bring back Twilight Zone (with a diverse cast), write and direct Us (starring a mostly black cast), executive produce the Oscar-winning short Hair Love, executive produce Lovecraft Country and Hunters, executive produce a docu-series on Lorena Bobbitt, and now, produce and cowrite an updated version of Candyman, then hand the script off to a black woman to direct. Jordan Peele is an incredible human being.

Candyman (2020) is based on the same Clive Barker story from the 1992 horror film, which I have never seen because I’m a scaredy cat. I thought I would be too scared to see Us, but I managed to watch it finally (I had to fast-forward through a few scenes). The gist of the story is that if you say “Candyman” five times in a mirror (??), the Candyman will truly come and find you and use his hook on you and just murder you in a horrific way. He can only be seen in a mirror’s reflection? Okay. Well, the updated version – written by Peele, Clive Barker and Win Rosenfeld – is about a young artist played by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, who becomes obsessed with the “myth” of the Candyman and his obsession basically reopens the Candyman portal and Candyf–ker starts killing peeps again. Nia DaCosta directed the film. It’s out in June – a summer slasher movie. Come for the gore and stay for the creepy rendition of Destiny’s Child’s “Say My Name.”

This is going to be one of those that I can’t watch, sorry! But I will continue to support Jordan Peele and all of his peeps in any way I can. Vanity Fair also had a nice write-up on the backstory of deciding to do a sort-of sequel and how controversial the original film was, but how Peele loved the original as a kid.

King Felipe and Queen Letizia attend the opening of ARCO in Madrid!

Photos courtesy of ‘Candyman’.

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  1. Anita says:

    Love Jordan Peele. And I love the bit in the trailer that asks who would be dumb enough to try and summon Candyman that cuts to a bunch of white girls!

    • ChillyWilly says:

      That made me laugh too. I appreciate a little comedy in my horror films.

      • Anita says:

        Yes! Makes it easier to watch when there’s a bit of humor.

        Also it’s funny how many scary movies have this trope of (mostly white) girls getting in over their heads. Just watched Slenderman and Countdown and they both have a bunch of idiots messing with supernatural stuff. I can’t even say its inaccurate though, cus me and my dumb friends tried to summon spirits a few times as teenagers :p

  2. Becks1 says:

    I’ll join you on the “I support Jordan Peele but cant watch this movie” couch Kaiser. I cant do horror. I did watch the trailer and that just confirmed for me that I cant handle the whole movie.

  3. Nikomikaelx says:

    The acting and cinematography looks amazing as expected, the story seems rather silly tho. I love slashers but this doesn’t seem scary at all? probably still gonna see it cause of Peele.

  4. Roro says:

    Candyman was the movie that did it for me as a kid. It was THE scary movie to end all scary movies. Scared the ever loving f*&k out of me. And I loved it! Can’t wait to watch this one. Also, that creepy version of “Say My Name” is everything!

    • Mel M says:

      Me too. I was definitely way to young the first time I saw it and can’t remember how I did but I saw a lot of scary stuff when I was young because my older cousin would let my sister and I. Things like Alien, Tales from the crypt. We also lived around Chicago so I would always ask my parents to point out Cabrini Green was when we drove through the north side which made it that much more real.

    • Steff says:

      Same. My sister used to scare the living sh*t out of me just by saying it and when she’d threaten to put the movie on and i’d run away crying and screaming. This was compounded by me having nightmares that the Candyman was Edward Scissorhands, who was even more frightening looking than the Candyman.

      Then I watched the movie in my teens and loved it. It really holds up.

  5. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    I found most 80s and 90s horror cheesy. I wasn’t allowed to see anything rated R basically until I moved out. That was when I watched everything I missed lol. Texas Chainsaw was jarring as was The Excorcist and Omen. But Candyman was super cheese whiz. The only good part was Candyman himself. That trailer above puts its predecessor to shame. Crikey. I haven’t watched too much horror in the past few years cuz…well I don’t know. I might have to start again cuz that doesn’t look just scary, it looks good AND scary.

    • Anita says:

      My mum let me watch The Exorcist when I was like, 9 – haha! It’s still the scariest movie I’ve ever seen. I love scary movies but I get scared of them, too. Mostly jump scares and when they show rotted ghost-type things. I often wish for a big strong guy to watch scary movies with :p I’m keen to watch the sequel to A Quiet Place but omg the first one was so anxiety producing!

  6. Samanathalous says:

    maybe it will come out on streaming soon.

  7. Nina Simone says:

    Can’t wait!

  8. Scollins says:

    A quick glance at the photo and got all heated up thinking it was my boyfriend Omar Little from the Wire. But still I like Peele and horror so I’m excited for that. M

  9. Ellie says:

    The original f-cked me up and I can usually deal with scary movies. I am excited to watch it!

    Does anyone know if they got Destiny’s Child together to re-record this or was it just some kind of movie magic that made it sound like a totally different version? Slowing Beyonce’s songs down seems to work well to create mood for movies, it was literally the only good thing about 50 Shades.

  10. ChillyWilly says:

    I didn’t think the first one was scary at all but I will go see this because I loved Us and Get Out. Also, Yahya is fine as hell so if the movie sucks, at least I get to stare at him for a couple hours.

  11. 10KTurtle says:

    Ooooh I loved the Candyman movies! I can’t wait to see how he updates it! Who is the actor in the trailer who says the line “the old candy factory?”

  12. lucy2 says:

    I don’t remember much of the original movie, I think I saw it at a sleepover or something and didn’t pay much attention! But this looks really good. I really liked Yahya on Watchmen, hope this is a great, big breakout for him.
    We’re lucky to be in the era of Peele. He’s doing great things, and extending opportunities to so many other deserving people who don’t get a fair chance otherwise. I haven’t seen any of Nia DaCosta’s other work yet, but I’m excited to see what she does with this.

  13. Skyblue says:

    Oh my goodness! I love Clive Barker! I love the original movie Candyman. If you get a chance, read about the filming of Candyman in the Cabrini Green area. Virginia Madsen was so freaking beautiful. Cannot wait to see this!

  14. Alarmjaguar says:

    Oh hell no! I love Jordan Peele, but I can not watch this. Eek

  15. L4frimaire says:

    Had no idea Jordan Peele was so prolific and truly becoming a major a Hollywood force. That said, this movie looks really creepy. However, the trailer is lacking suspense, or gives away too much. Have a hard time with horror films. Last one I tried to watch ( the Witch) had to turn off. I get freaked out by AHS as well, so.

  16. Sean says:

    I’m surprised to learn Tony Todd is reprising his role as Candyman. It’ll be interesting to see if they explain why a spirit has aged 30 years. Ah, who am I kidding? They’ll CGI him to make him appear younger.

  17. Pati says:

    I was hooked by the trailer, got me really impressed with the cinematography, it looks like a beautifully shot movie. I’m watching at the theatre!

  18. shoop says:

    Looks good, though destiny’s child does not work as a creepy refrain.