With a script by Jordan Peele (“Us,” “Get Out”), “Candyman” is one of 2020’s most anticipated summer releases, set to hit theaters June 12.
Labeled a “spiritual sequel” to the 1992 movie of the same name, the horror flick filmed around Chicago late last summer and into the fall. The production kept access to its sets tight, but sharp-eyed Chicagoans spotted crews in Kenwood, Marina City, the old Cook County Hospital and just down the road from WTTW’s studios in North Park.
Now that the first trailer for the movie has dropped, we’re getting a good look at some of the location cameos. Notice anywhere familiar?
Directed by Nia DaCosta, “Candyman” stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (“Watchmen,” “Aquaman”) and Teyonah Parris (“The Photograph,” “If Beale Street Could Talk” and “Chi-Raq”).
The Cabrini-Green housing project figured prominently in the original “Candyman” and according to a plot summary, Peele’s version “returns to the now-gentrified neighborhood where the legend began.”
That legend, for those new to the “Candyman” story, is this: “Candyman” was the son of a slave who became a prosperous artist. After falling in love with a white woman, he was attacked by a lynch mob, which cut off his painting hand and replaced it with a hook, smeared him in honey and let loose a swarm of bees, which stung him to death. His body was burned and his ashes were spread on the site of the eventual Cabrini-Green. Say Candyman’s name five times in front of a mirror and he, and his hook, will appear and kill you.
As the above trailer makes clear, characters in the rebooted “Candyman” learned nothing from their predecessors. Don’t say his name.