Finally we’re only a few days away from Nia DaCosta’s Candyman. Before you say his name five times, Universal Pictures have released a new behind the scene Featurette. The short promo asks the simple question What’s Candyman? There’s more beneath the mirror than meets the eye.’ Exploring the art of the film and the real life Chicago based artists behind the work we’ll see in the film. How Arnold Kemp, Cameron Spratley, and Sherwin Ovid some of the artist help explode the mythology of The Candyman on the big screen once again…
For as long as residents can remember, the housing projects of Chicago’s Cabrini Green neighbourhood 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.
Candyman will be in UK and Irish cinemas from Friday 27th August.