WATCH | The chilling new teaser for upcoming horror Candyman

A scene in 'Candyman.'
A scene in 'Candyman.'
Screengrab: YouTube/Universal Pictures
  • Universal has released a new teaser for the upcoming horror, Candyman.
  • The film is a direct sequel of the 1992 film of the same name.
  • It is directed by Nia DaCosta with Jordan Peele as producer and co-writer and stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.

Universal released a new teaser for the upcoming horror film, Candyman, which is a direct sequel to the 1992 movie and the fourth in the franchise based on the short story, The Forbidden by Clive Barker.

The film is directed by Nia DaCosta with Jordan Peele as producer and co-writer and stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.

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, easily 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, visual artist Anthony McCoy (Yahya) and his girlfriend, gallery director Brianna Cartwright (Teyonah Parris), move into a luxury loft condo in Cabrini.

With Anthony's painting career on the brink of stalling, a chance encounter with a Cabrini Green old-timer (Colman Domingo) 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 terrifying wave of violence that puts him on a collision course with destiny.


Speaking about his connection to the story, Jordan said at a screening of the trailer earlier this year that, "It was one of the few movies that explored any aspect of the Black experience in the horror genre in the '90s, when I was growing up. It was an iconic example to me of representation in the genre and a movie that inspired me," reports Entertainment Weekly.

Earlier this month Nina released an animated short featuring the Candyman character.

Alongside the clip on Twitter she wrote: "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."


Compiled by Leandra Engelbrecht (Sources: Universal, Twitter, Entertainment Weekly)

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