“Candyman,” the sequel to the 1992 horror thriller about a murderous soul with a hook for a hand who is accidentally summoned to reality by a skeptic grad student researching the monster’s myth, will head home on VOD on September 17 via all the usual suspects (Amazon Prime, Apple TV, Vudu, Youtube, Redbox, and a host of cable carriers).The film has grossed $49.6 million in the US & Canada and $63.2 worldwide since its August 27 theatrical release.
No date has been announced for digital purchases or DVD and Blu-ray releases.
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 partner, 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.
Cast: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Colman Domingo, Tony Todd, Vanessa Estelle Williams
Director: Nia DaCosta
Written by: Nia DaCosta, Win Rosenfeld, Jordan Peele
Rated R for bloody horror violence, and language including some sexual references
Run time: 91 Minutes