Candyman is a horror film with a racial background that made it to the American box office at the end of August 2021. The first version of this film was released in 1992. However, the latest Candyman , played by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, cannot be called a remake or sequel to the 1992 version.
The film, which tells the story of the figure of avenger, comes with a contemporary form. Then, what are the unique facts of this horror thriller film ? Here’s the list.
Previously there was a film with the same title
The first version of this film is about a white woman who is curious about the legend. However, the legend comes back with a form full of hatred for the racial pressure that makes the figure want to finish his revenge.
Comes as its own format and new packaging from Candyman
The director of the 2021 version, Nia DaCosta said that this film is a fresh start from the previous film. DaCosta’s point is that Candyman won’t be a sequel to this cult horror film. This film also involves the cast from the 1992 film, you know!
Able to break the US box office in its premiere week
Candyman managed to get US $ 22.37 million or around Rp. 318 billion. This figure is the highest number at the US box office in the period 27-29 August 2021. In fact, this figure is able to beat the acquisition of Ryan Reynolds’ latest film, Free Guy . What’s even more surprising is that Candyman earned that much income in a three-day period.
Carrying legends in a modern way and charming manner
Candyman, directed by Nia DaCosta, provides a perspective on the deep feelings of who Candyman is. Citing Cinema Blend , this legend revolves around the death of an African-American man over racial issues in the 1880s. Then, this version came to make Candyman a real symbol of the trauma of the African-American generation in the US.
New background context to carry the story
Candyman started as a man who was friendly with the neighbor’s children. However, this man is accused of putting razors in his sweets. Turns out, the accusation was wrong but the man’s life was already gone. This background is different from the 1992 version of the story which is rooted in events in the 1880s.