Buckle up, horror fans. You’re in for a treat. Academy Award winner, Jordan Peele (Get Out) is in talks to reboot horror classic, Candyman.
Released in 1992, Candyman gained a cult following and joined the pantheon of horror classics. Candyman is based on the short story “The Forbidden” by Clive Barker and tells the tale of Helen, a university student, studying graffiti, and claimed as the final victim of the urban legend – Candyman.
The 1992 movie takes the story from England to Chicago public housing, and fleshes out the story of Candyman with a uniquely American backstory. Candyman (Tony Todd) was murdered by a lynch mob – while living he was an artist and the son of slave who impregnated a white lover. As punishment, he had his hand severed, and was covered in stolen honey, and stung to death by bees; his corpse was burnt in a pyre and his ashes were scattered across the land where the Cabrini-Green projects would later be built. The university student in the 1992 film writes a thesis on how the residents of Cabrini-Green use the Candyman legend to cope with the hardships of living there – and slasher hijinks ensue.
Candyman still holds a 70% on Rotten Tomatoes, and while he may be a lesser known horror icon, the combination of gore, psychology, and social politics definitely makes him one of the scariest. The film spawned two Direct-to-Video sequels, Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh (1995), and Candyman: Day of the Dead (1999). The franchise has been inactive for 20 years, but recently the rights became available and it’s been reported that Jordan Peele is in talks to produce the film through Monkeypaw Productions. It is unsure if he’ll direct, however I’m highly hopeful. Peele’s attention to detail and gift for social commentary will hit all of the notes the first film sought to, but fell short of (after all, it was the ‘90’s).
Personally, I’m getting ready to be sleeping with the lights on should this deal get finalized. Are you excited? Let us know in the comments!