The legend of Candyman is back in full effect. The first trailer for the Jordan Peele's Candyman has dropped, and it'll make you want to stay away from all mirrors everywhere. You just never know if you'll see a hooked hand reaching out from the other side.
Starring Watchmen and Aquaman's Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Candyman has been dubbed a "spiritual sequel" to the 1992 original film about a killer ghost that loves bees and hooks. That movie spawned two sequels, 1995's Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh and 1999's Candyman: Day of the Dead, that expanded the lore. Now, it's due for a fresh coat of paint.
The plot remains pretty simple: There's an evil being that literally will not bother you at all — unless you say its name five times in a mirror. That's it! Just go about your life without uttering the word "Candyman" five times into a mirror and you will be fine!
But no, in the world of Candyman, humans like to tempt the supernatural. So, in the first trailer, different sets of people stand in front of mirrors and basically send the hooked villain a "U up?" text, inviting it for some grisly gourmet at their expenses. Abdul-Mateen, who seems to be spiraling in and out of reality, is at the center of this horrifying story when he returns to his spooky neighborhood and sees visions of himself dishing out hooked mayhem.
Destiny's Child's "Say My Name" is slowed down to a crawl for the trailer, causing each of these brutal clips to raise the hair on the back of your neck. Its a signature move of producer and co-writer Peele, who employed a similar technique in the trailer for 2019's Us, which featured a plodding rendition of "I Got 5 on It" by Luniz.
Candyman is set to hit theaters June 12. As we wait for the film, it's important for everyone to avoid repeating "Candyman" in front of a mirror five times. Yes, it's just a movie. But please, don't do it anyway.
Take a look at the first Candyman trailer up above.