Based on the short story, “The Forbidden” by Clive Barker and the fourth film in the Candyman franchise, Candyman 2020 is the direct sequel of the 1992 film with the same name. This upcoming American supernatural film is directed by Nia DaCosta. Jordan Peele has co-written the film alongside Win Rosenfeld and director Nia DaCosta. This legend comes back to the city of Chicago, from where it began, being the sequel of the spiritual horror film.
From the release date to the plot of this ‘spiritual sequel’, here is everything you need to know.
Joining Abdul-Mateen in the sequel is Mad Men actor Teyonah Parris, reported to be in a supporting role, alongside Colman Domingo ( Fear The Walking Dead, Euphoria) and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett (Misfits).
Interestingly, the film also tapped in many local talents in the supporting roles. The cast consists of Brian King (The Chi, Widows), Kyle Kaminsky (DriverX, One Night in Hollywood), Carl Clemons-Hopkins (The Chi, Canal Street) and Cedric Mays (Chicago Med, The Chicago Code), Rebecca Spence (Rivendell Theatre Ensemble’s “How the World Began”) and Christiana Clark (“The Winter’s Tale” at the Goodman).
As shown in the first trailer of the film, it comes out with a detailed synopsis. It reads: “For as long as residents can remember, the housing projects of Chicago’s Cabrini Green neighbourhood were terrorised by a ghost story about a supernatural killer, easily summoned by those daring to repeat his name five times into a mirror.” In present day, a decade after, visual artist Anthony McCoy and his girlfriend, gallery director Brianna Cartwright, move into a luxury loft condo in Cabrini.
“With Anthony’s painting career hitting a massive downslide, a chance encounter with a Cabrini Green old-timer 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 explicit details in his studio as fresh start for paintings, unknowingly opening a door to a complex past that reveals his own sanity and unleashes a ferocious viral wave of violence that puts him face-to-face with destiny.”
The film looks to tackle the issue of toxic fandom. It typically comes with a dogma that is more resistant to change and organise more than what we think. It is expected from Candyman to be mischievous in how we address the relationship to the first film, but also be very satisfying. “The original was a landmark film for black representation in the horror genre.”, Peele said.
Movies to watch before Candyman 2020
If you are really excited and interested with the release of the reboot sequel, Candyman 2020, The Hollywood Tribune strongly suggests you some of the movies which can prepare you for Candyman 2020. The following list consists of some must-watch movies:
J.D.’S REVENGE (1976)
The conclusion of the film leaves some unanswered questions, as well. Despite some weak plot points, and misogynistic attitudes, this is still an enjoyable movie.
IMDb – 6/10
CHILD’S PLAY (1988)
Child’s Play occasionally stumbles across its tonal tightrope of comedy and horror, but its genuinely creepy monster and some deft direction by Tom Holland make this chiller stand out on the shelf.
IMDb – 5.8/10
Though it ultimately sacrifices some mystery in the name of gory thrills, Candyman is a nuanced, effectively chilling tale that benefits from an interesting premise and some fine performances.
IMDb – 6.6/10
LITTLE WOODS (2019)
Led by standout work from Tessa Thompson, Little Woods tells a grimly absorbing tale that marks a commendable debut for writer-director Nia DaCosta.
IMDb – 6.1/10
GET OUT (2017)
Funny, scary, and thought-provoking, Get Out seamlessly weaves its trenchant social critiques into a brilliantly effective and entertaining horror/comedy thrill ride.