A "spiritual sequel" to the 1992 horror classic, based on the short story The Forbidden by Clive Barker (responsible for cult horror hit Hellraiser), Candyman returns in this contemporary incarnation.
For as long as residents can remember, the housing projects of Chicago’s Cabrini Green neighbourhood were terrorised by a word-of-mouth ghost story about a supernatural killer with a hook for a hand, summoned by those daring to repeat his name five times into a mirror.
In the present day, a decade after the last of the Cabrini towers were torn down, artist Anthony McCoy and his girlfriend, gallery director Brianna Cartwright, move into a luxury apartment in Cabrini, now gentrified beyond recognition and inhabited by millennials.
With Anthony’s painting career on the brink of stalling, a chance encounter with an old Cabrini Green resident 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 inspiration for his paintings, unknowingly opening a door to a past that unravels his own sanity and unleashes a terrifying wave of violence.
From rising director Nia DaCosta, and co-written and produced by Jordan Peele (Get Out, Us), Candyman unleashes a fresh take on the urban legend.
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