First Glance: “Candyman” (2020)


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.

20 thoughts on “First Glance: “Candyman” (2020)

    • I do too. But I think the remake thing is starting to bore me a bit. Hopefully it’s great and I won’t care if it’s a new version of an old thing.

  1. Don’t hate me but I don’t think I’ve seen the original… maybe in passing since a lot of 90’s movies warp into one for me, having watched 10 a day sometimes with my parents.

    Anyway, if Peele manages to recreate Get Out script magic then it’s going to be good, when it’s more like Us, then it’s gonna go badly.

    Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is a joy to see here tho, after Watchmen I’m very excited to see him more. (Forgetting totally that he was in Aquaman because I disliked Manta a lot!)

    • I know what you mean. I’m hoping it’s good but I can’t see it having the same punch as the original. But The Invisible Man certainly gave me hope for new visions for old movies.

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