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Tarryn van der Byl·
And you know you’re a 90s kid if you wouldn’t read that headline out aloud in front of a mirror. But for everybody else, try it. You’re safe. Probably.
Based on Clive Barker’s story The Forbidden, the original 1992 Candyman is a budget indie sleepover party classic, about a black slave’s son who’s lynched and murdered by his white lover’s scandalised daddy, and now exists as a sort of transdimensional demon beekeeper in a Chicago slum who, when summoned, eviscerates his victims with a hook. Like you do.
Now MGM and Universal have signed a deal for a “re-imagining” of the film, set in the same but now gentrified suburb, with Get Out director Jordan Peele attached to the project as co-writer and producer, and Little Woods director Nia DaCosta in the chair. Given the not exactly subtle but perhaps somewhat too abstracted racial subtext of the first one, Peele has a real opportunity to properly examine those themes and piss off the anti-intellectual nerdbro autists who’ve sanctified the original for its boobs and gross-outs, and somehow missed the otherwise obvious political implications. So that’s fun too.
“The original was a landmark film for black representation in the horror genre,” Peele explains in the press stuff. “Alongside Night of the Living Dead, Candyman was a major inspiration for me as filmmaker — and to have a bold new talent like Nia at the helm of this project is truly exciting. We are honored to bring the next chapter in the Candyman canon to life and eager to provide new audiences with an entry point to Clive Barker’s legend.”