'Candyman' Gets An Update, And The Horror Is Gentrification : Pop Culture Happy Hour Legend has it that if you say "Candyman" in front of a mirror five times, you'll summon the spirit of a terrifying killer with a hook for a hand, who's constantly surrounded by a swarm of bees. That's the premise of the 1992 horror movie Candyman, about a white Chicago grad student who becomes obsessed with an urban myth haunting Black residents of the notorious Cabrini-Green housing projects. Now there's a sequel, directed by Nia DaCosta and co-written with Jordan Peele, that brings back the villain for a modern audience, and it stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Teyonah Parris as a couple living in a now-gentrified Cabrini-Green.

'Candyman' Gets An Update, And The Horror Is Gentrification

'Candyman' Gets An Update, And The Horror Is Gentrification

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Yahya Abdul-Mateen II plays Anthony McCoy in Candyman, directed by Nia DaCosta. Universal Pictures and MGM Pictures hide caption

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Yahya Abdul-Mateen II plays Anthony McCoy in Candyman, directed by Nia DaCosta.

Universal Pictures and MGM Pictures

Legend has it that if you say "Candyman" in front of a mirror five times, you'll summon the spirit of a terrifying killer with a hook for a hand, who's constantly surrounded by a swarm of bees. That's the premise of the 1992 horror movie Candyman, about a white Chicago grad student who becomes obsessed with an urban myth haunting Black residents of the notorious Cabrini-Green housing projects. Now there's a sequel, directed by Nia DaCosta and co-written with Jordan Peele, that brings back the villain for a modern audience, and it stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Teyonah Parris as a couple living in a now-gentrified Cabrini-Green.

The audio was produced by Candice Lim and edited by Mike Katzif.