Candyman has a hook for a hand and bees swarm round him wherever he goes. But whereas his hook-handed visage has joined the ranks of horror film icons, his backstory is extra difficult than most of Hollywood’s iconic slasher villains.
In the newest have a look at the Candyman remake, due out later in 2020, his unsettling previous is defined in a haunting puppet present.
CANDYMAN, on the intersection of white violence and black ache, is about unwilling martyrs. The individuals they have been, the symbols we flip them into, the monsters we’re instructed they will need to have been. pic.twitter.com/MEwwr8umdI
— Nia DaCosta (@NiaDaCosta) June 17, 2020
In the unique Candyman film from 1992, tailored from a Clive Barker quick story, the Candyman was as soon as the son of a slave who grew to become rich by making footwear. Before he was the Candyman, he was an artist that was accepted by white society and continuously painted portraits of rich households. However, when he started a relationship with a white girl, her father employed a mob to chase him from his home, reduce off his hand, and smeared honey on him so bees would sting him as he was burned.
In a brand new prelude/trailer, shared on Twitter by the remake’s director, Nia DaCosta, that is simply one of many horrifying tales that appears to be instructed. Except, moderately than exhibiting the tales or explaining them like the unique film, the trailer imagines every story with paper puppets. Each of the tales performs out with none dialog, with solely a haunting gradual model of Philip Glass’ ”Helen’s Theme” from the original movie taking part in quietly within the background as every of the puppets is killed.
The trailer begins with a black man who appears to be strolling again from his job at a sweet manufacturing unit. When police see him supply sweet to youngsters, they chase him down and beat him. Another story exhibits a small black boy accused of some crime by a white lady, regardless of the crime, a faceless and detached jury sentences the kid to die by the electrical chair. Finally, the trailer involves the Candyman story from the unique film.
This all provides as much as a trailer that’s quiet and deeply unsettling. It’s additionally in all probability one of the efficient horror film previews for the reason that first trailer for Jordan Peele’s Us, which isn’t any shock since Peele can also be an government producer on the Candyman remake.
The new Candyman was initially set for launch in Sept. 2020, nevertheless with many motion pictures being pushed again amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the discharge date isn’t essentially set in stone.
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