The past is back to haunt you in these exclusive new Candyman images

Candyman (2020)
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The original 1992 Candyman is one of those rare films that has the power to scare you before you’ve even seen it. Who, as a kid, didn’t try saying his name into a mirror five times, only to immediately regret it?

And when you did see the film, you’d be even more shaken up. Tony Todd’s iconic boogeyman, its very specific sense of place, and the biting social commentary, it was a film not easily forgotten, unlike its lesser sequels, released in 1995 and 1999.

Well, Candyman is set to finally get the sequel it deserves in 2020. Produced by Jordan Peele and his Monkeypaw productions, the new Candyman is directed by Nia DaCosta (recently tapped to direct the MCU’s Captain Marvel 2 (opens in new tab)) and stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Aquaman, Watchmen) as an artist who lives in Chicago’s Cabrini-Green neighbourhood. It’s the same location as the original film, but it’s been gentrified in the intervening years…

Our sister publication Total Film magazine (opens in new tab) has the full story on the horror sequel in their new cover feature, including exclusive new images of Abdul-Mateen as Anthony and what looks like a particularly disturbing art installation. Check them out below:

Candyman (2020)

(Image credit: Universal)

Candyman (2020)

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“I was in the fifth or sixth grade, and I just remember Candyman being a part of life,” DaCosta tells Total Film (opens in new tab) of how she can’t clearly remember the first time she saw Candyman. “Like legend, lore. We didn’t dare say his name in the mirror. For me, Candyman felt so real. It felt like he could totally exist in the projects by my house.”

For Abdul-Mateen, it’s the same. “Man, I remember images of Candyman but I don’t remember sitting down to watch the movie,” he says. “He lived in my imagination, in the retelling of Candyman. I grew up with Candyman not being a figure from television or movies, but with the possibility of him being a real threat within the house. The dread of Candyman was palpable.”

Candyman is set to open in cinemas on October 16, 2020. For much more on the film, grab a copy of the new issue of Total Film magazine (opens in new tab) – which hits shelves both real and digital from this Friday, August 21. Check out the new covers below; the one on the left is on its way to subscribers right now.

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Matt Maytum
Deputy Editor, Total Film

I'm the Deputy Editor at Total Film magazine, looking after the long-form features there, and generally obsessing over all things Nolan, Kubrick and Pixar. Over the past decade I've worked in various roles for TF online and in print, including at GamesRadar+, and you can often hear me nattering on the Inside Total Film podcast. Bucket-list-ticking career highlights have included reporting from the set of Tenet and Avengers: Infinity War, as well as covering Comic-Con, TIFF and the Sundance Film Festival.