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Don’t Say His Name! First Trailer and Poster for CANDYMAN

Clive Barker's iconic creation returns.

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The 1990s was a rough decade for horror fans, but one movie that stood out was director Bernard Rose's 1992 Candyman, an adaptation of a short story by Clive Barker. Rose's film introduced us to the titular Candyman, thought to be an urban legend but discovered to be all too real. The hook-handed victim of a racist lynch mob, Candyman returns to terrorise those who dare to speak his name five times in front of a mirror.

Director Nia Costa's Candyman is billed as a 'spiritual sequel' to Rose's film. It remains to be seen what exactly that means (we do know the original Candyman, Tony Todd, returns in some capacity), but you can now check out the first trailer below.

Starring Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett and Colman Domingo, Candyman is in UK/ROI cinemas June 12th.

The official synopsis reads:

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; HBO’s Watchmen, Us) and his girlfriend, gallery director Brianna Cartwright (Teyonah Parris; If Beale Street Could Talk, The Photograph), move into a luxury loft 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; HBO’s Euphoria, Assassination Nation) 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 on a collision course with destiny.