Jordan Peele has started this new trend of ‘socially relevant’ horror with his films Get Out and Us, and he looks to be doing the same with this upcoming reboot of Candyman that he’s producing. Director Nia DaCosta had just shared this new animated promo for the movie, and it cannot come with better timing especially with the #BlackLivesMatter movement going on.
Check it out:
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. pic.twitter.com/MEwwr8umdI
— Nia DaCosta (@NiaDaCosta) June 17, 2020
The puppetry actually comes from @ManuelCinema with the creepy score coming from @lichensarealive. While this is very great, haunting promo in itself, I have a feeling that this will be part of the actual film—either as the intro or the ending credits animation. Either way, DaCosta teases that there will be ‘much more where that came from in the film.’
Going back to the main message of the video though, it’s very interesting that the movie should pay tribute to ‘unwilling martyrs; after all, it was the death of George Floyd that had sparked this new revolution of #BlackLivesMatter. I can only imagine what more socially relevant themes will be explored when it comes to Candyman
I have to admit it, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II has been really booming when it comes to his career. Besides playing a stint as Black Manta in Aquaman, he was also fantastic in HBO’s Watchmen, and now he’s the lead in Candyman. Did I also forget to mention that he’s possibly the new lead of Matrix 4?
The Candyman reboot was supposed to come out this month, but now the film is expected to hit theaters on Sept. 25.