Candyman was one of the most brutal, terrifying and artistic horror movies of the '90s. With a haunting score by Philip Glass, an iconic performance from Tony Todd, and a sharp script that dove into the roots of systemic racism, it's endured beyond other slasher flicks. It was understandable to be wary of a reboot or remake.
But the first trailer has put those fears to rest. Produced and co-written by Jordan Peele, this appears to be a direct sequel to the original film, with Chicago artist Anthony (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) digging too deep into the past of the Cabrini-Green neighborhood, summoning the killer into the modern-day and possibly taking up his mantle. Nia DaCosta (who wrote and directed the harrowing Little Woods) gets her big break with this film, and it couldn't happen to a more talented filmmaker.
Keep an eye out for a cameo from Vanessa Williams, reprising her role as Anne-Marie from the first film. If that haunting remix of Destiny's Child's "Say My Name" hasn't already occupied your brain, it soon will.
Candyman hits theaters on Friday, June 12. Check out the trailer below.