Ever since Jordan Peele made Get Out, we've been getting some new horror films with a socially relevant theme around them. Peele has teamed up with director Nia DaCosta for a reboot of the classic movie monster Candyman, and DaCosta has shared this chilling animation that explains the lore behind the character.
Check it out:
The animation is given this creepy shadow play aesthetic and you get to see these black characters that will build the lore on Candyman. With the recent protests concerning #BlackLivesMatter, the video has become incredibly relevant, especially since George Floyd himself was considered an ‘unwilling martyr' to the movement.
Just by looking at it, I don't think that DaCosta would just have this made solely as promotional material, and I think this animation is supposed to either be the introduction of the movie or the beginning of the credits. I have to say, it's very beautifully animated, and the music just raises it up to a whole new level. It also kind of reminds me of the animated Tale of Three Brothers scene from Harry Potterand the Deathly Hallows, only this one is packed with more social relevance.
For as long as residents can remember, the housing projects of Chicago's Cabrini Green neighborhood were terrorized by a word-of-mouth ghost story about a supernatural killer with a hook for a hand, easily summoned by those daring to repeat his name five times into a mirror. In present day, a decade after the last of the Cabrini towers were torn down, visual artist Anthony McCoy (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II; HBO's Watchmen, Us) and his girlfriend, gallery director Brianna Cartwright (Teyonah Parris; If Beale Street Could Talk, The Photograph), move into a luxury loft condo in Cabrini, now gentrified beyond recognition and inhabited by upwardly mobile millennials.
With Anthony's painting career on the brink of stalling, a chance encounter with a Cabrini Green old-timer (Colman Domingo; HBO's Euphoria, Assassination Nation) exposes Anthony to the tragically horrific nature of the true story behind Candyman. Anxious to maintain his status in the Chicago art world, Anthony begins to explore these macabre details in his studio as fresh grist for paintings, unknowingly opening a door to a complex past that unravels his own sanity and unleashes a terrifying wave of violence that puts him on a collision course with destiny.
Candyman was originally set for a June release, but now it's expected to hit theaters on Sept. 25.
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