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 and his girlfriend, gallery director Brianna Cartwright, 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 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 terrifyingly viral wave of violence that puts him on a collision course with destiny.


UNITED STATES CANADA || Thriller • Horror || 2021 || 91′

Release Date (U.S.A.)August 27, 2021
Film Rating ► [ R ] Bloody horror violence, and language including some sexual references.

Distributor ► Universal Pictures ||| Metro Goldwyn Mayer

Directed by
Nia DaCosta

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II; Teyonah Parris; Nathan Stewart-Jarrett; Colman Domingo; Kyle Kaminsky; Vanessa Williams; Rebecca Spence; Carl Clemons-Hopkins; Brian King; Miriam Moss; Cassie Kramer.

Written by
Jordan Peele; Win Rosenfeld; Nia DaCosta.
Based on the 1992 film “Candyman” written by Bernard Rose.
Characters by Clive Barker.

Cinematography by
John Guleserian

Music by
Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe

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