Add another movie to the “they’re remaking what???” list. I remember renting 1992’s “Candyman” on VHS tape from one of our local video stores. It was based on a Clive Barker short story and featured Tony Todd as the hook-armed title character. Unlike its two fairly crappy sequels, the original had a compelling social subtext to go along with its satisfying genre appeal. I still didn’t see it as a movie needing an update.
But we live in a age where even “Fantasy Island” gets remade so nothing should surprise us. “Candyman” 2020 has an interesting name attached. Jordan Peele is co-producing and co-writing what is being called a spiritual sequel to the original film. The first trailer is a bit messy and all over the place, but it looks to be tapping into what the original film was known for – being a gory horror film with a social conscience. Can it pull it off?
“Candyman” hits theaters June 12th. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.