New Candyman Trailer Shows Haunting Story of Titular Character and Real-Life Racial Injustices

A new trailer for Nia DaCosta’s Candyman is out and it’s guaranteed to send shivers down your spine. The video, released on June 17, uses shadow puppets to tell well-known stories of Black men and their murders, including the original Candyman himself. “Candyman, at the intersection of white violence and black pain, is about unwilling martyrs,” DaCosta wrote in a tweet accompanying the new trailer. “The people they were, the symbols we turn them into, the monsters we are told they must have been.”

Two of the vignettes play out the real-life lynching of James Byrd, Jr. in 1998 and the execution of 14-year-old George Stinney, Jr. in 1944. Another depicts the story of the Candyman as told in the 1992 supernatural horror film, inspired by characters from Clive Barker’s 1985 short story, The Forbidden. A Black artist who was hired to paint a portrait of a wealthy white man’s daughter, Daniel Robitaille was lynched when it was discovered that he had fallen in love with her. A mob cut off his hand, replaced it with a hook, and spread honey on him so bees would sting him as he was burned alive.

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