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Candyman: All You Need To Know About The Gentrified Version Of The Classic Horror Film


David Mudd

Candyman: 1992 Version 

Bernard Rose directs the 1992 classic, Candyman. Its initial release date is 16th October 1992.

In the movie we see, a girl named Helen investigating the myths and superstitions after being triggered by listening to the local legends.

The myths talk about the Candyman, who you can summon by calling his name five times while facing the mirror.


This intrigues the Candyman to show up and kill the person who summons him with a hook that is present on the bloody stump of his right arm.

While investigating, Helen encounters a series of murders taking place, and it shocked. The screenplay is by Bernard Rose and Clive Barker.

The Remake Of Candyman

Jordan Peele’s production and Nia DaCosta’s direction brings us the modern retelling of the Candyman from 1992. The movie especially highlights gentrification.

When we talk of “gentrification” we imply to the process of recreating and producing an improved version of the existing body to fit the middle-class taste.

In this 2020 version of Candyman, the middle-class are the black people.

Nia DaCosta lets us know how Jordan Peele shares his view on how Black social issues are dealt with horror.


It focuses on how the Candyman attacks Black people and terrorise their communities instead of the white people community.

Indeed, it is over thirty years since the last movie and the gentrification in this remake is going to put the film into a present-day perspective.

Candyman: The Details About The 2020 Version Of The Film

In the retelling of Candyman, we see Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, who is a photographer being attracted towards the Cabrini-Green public housing. However, Cabrini-Green public housing is the place where Candyman haunts people.

While creating a piece of art involving the housing, he unveils the evil that exists in the house.

However, our gentrified twist here is that the photographer calls mostly white people in the building who become the victim of the Candyman.


Unlike, the original 1992 version where we see attacks taking place mostly on Black people. Therefore, this helps us view the movie with a broader spectrum than what we previous version.

As we know, the movie is going to be in theatres by June 12, 2020. Meanwhile, you can catch the trailer for this upcoming horror movie to keep up with the updates.