Rather than the standard collection of well-edited clips, the new teaser provides us with a haunting look at the history of the Candyman as he begins to infect the mind and soul of the new film’s main character, Anthony McCoy (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II). The story is told via shadow puppets performed by the Chicago-based Manual Cinema and scored by Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe.
In her accompanying Twitter post, DaCosta points out the racial tragedy behind the Candyman legend; something that definitely resonates right now even more than it did just a few months ago.
CANDYMAN, at the intersection of white violence and black pain, is about unwilling martyrs. The people they were, the symbols we turn them into, the monsters we are told they must have been. pic.twitter.com/MEwwr8umdI
— Nia DaCosta (@NiaDaCosta) June 17, 2020
Reaction to the new teaser has been overwhelming positive, although there were a few folks who took issue with the racially-charged subject matter.
My guess is that these people either never saw the original Candyman or are being purposefully obtuse in an effort to feign outrage. I mean, if I was able to understand the strong component that race played in the Candyman story back in the ’90s as a suburban white kid…well, I digress.
Those of us who enjoy good horror appear to have a pretty great movie coming our way this fall. I was already sold when Jordan Peele signed on to produce and help write the script, but now I’m all types of excited (and definitely not saying any names three times in front of a mirror).
Candyman is slated to hit theaters on September 25.