Stars of ‘Candyman’ discuss Black horror in film | Nightline

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Hm-XyAZ0JE"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]this is where it all began it's still your candyman it's the movie that has audiences too scared to even say the title out loud candyman if you're out here looking for candyman you asked me stay away a direct sequel to the horror film of the same name be my victim in which a modern-day black serial killer murdered by a white lynch mob of the 19th century is back to stalk chicago's most notorious housing project cabrini green [Applause] today nearly 30 years later at the helm of bringing the slasher back to the big screen is 31 year old director nia de costa de costa joins the ranks of black filmmakers at the forefront of challenging america's racism through black heart they think storytelling the way we create legends out of out of horrifying events is really how candyman connects to our history as the urban legend goes candyman has summoned when you say his name five times in the mirror say his name handyman no candyman like the original the film takes place in the same chicago neighborhood only a decade after the last of the cabrini towers were torn down new to the neighborhood a ghoulish take on gentrification former housing project glossed and paved over with high in coffee shops and condos but the ghost of the ghetto remains candyman is based on a short story set in liverpool creature in the story was not black so then you said it in chicago and cabrini green so the urban jungle gets transported into the film with an eye on blackness and black lives and a black monster chasing a white woman and that adds to why it's scary for so many people as fans of the original movie are taken back to where the haunting began decosta's reimagining shifts who narrates the origins of in our film it's a story being told by a black man who's from the community that candyman has been stalking so it's a very different way into the story joined acosta in resurrecting this terror is horror movie powerhouse jordan peele who co-wrote and produced the film couldn't see no brother around here after the oscar-winning success of get out the genre of black horror films has had a comeback black horror is undergoing a renaissance there's nothing to sort of open hollywood's eyes more than commercial success candyman anthony candyman the film star yakya abdul mateen ii tiana parents stop their characters new to the neighborhood find themselves caught in the lure of candyman what do you want audiences to take from your performances in this movie i think what really drew me to the project of candyman is the relationship that we get to see between this young black couple this very ambitious very amazing places in their careers respectively and then you know we see they turn candy man is it real i saw him candyman isn't real anthony i would like for this film to inspire audiences to dream to say what if candyman was real filmmakers realize if we're going to have this black monster we better have a black friend too for tanana reeve du the genre of black horror has established her life's work for decades this is just such a momentous time for a black horror the ball has kept rolling do an award-winning author of horror novels and lecturer in the department of african american studies at ucla she started a course called the sunken place which uses jordan peel's get out as a linchpin to discuss black horror and its history as a film genre over the years we had these horror films and creators that kind of broke through the surface [Music] you know like a young william crane directing blacula and we had this renaissance in the 90s which was incredible again with everything from tales from the hood i've been waiting for you boys and even before that death by temptation the movie's original release was delayed a year due to the pandemic but to director nia decosta and the cast 2020 summer of unrest gave renewed voice to this film you use the phrase say his name and it comes at a time when our nation people of all races are using that phrase following the death of brianna taylor it was really important to me that we had that language in the film in part because one it just connects to the candyman legend you have to say his name five times um but also because the reason why we say that when we're marching say his name say her name it's important to just keep remembering that these are people candy man in our film you know even in in the original candy man you know that he is is the entire history of being a unwilling uh martyr we hopefully add some some empathy and understanding to that character i'm struck by your phrasing unwilling martyr and it instantly made me think about george floyd in this age that we live in where it seems like this movie comes at a particular time in which horror films and the horrors of history intersect when we tell our stories our horror stories people don't believe us did that really go down like that you know does this really happen to you yes it does well now you know with the horror genre we say okay i've got a horror story to tell inside professor dew's classroom the core of her teaching is developing the next generation of black horror filmmakers because you all are the filmmakers of tomorrow it gives me hope that as a filmmaker that there's room for me you know they're opening doors and bringing out barriers every day and i'm very much grateful to them for that i love horror and horror is so expansive i want to see different types of black horror i don't want horror to just sit in and traffic in um black pain or racial specifically like racial violence towards black people i think we have so much more to say in the horror space and you know in the film space in general a racy film that explores the horrors and history of racism it may or may not make one think but it will almost certainly make plenty in the screens our thanks to byron candyman is now out in theaters hi everyone george stephanopoulos here thanks for checking out the abc news youtube channel if you'd like to get more videos show highlights and watch live event coverage click on the right over here to subscribe to our channel and don't forget to download the abc news app for breaking news alerts thanks for watching<br><!-- wp:image {"id":1776,"sizeSlug":"large","linkDestination":"none"} -->rn<figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img class="wp-image-1776" src="https://en.videoencontexto.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Stars_of_Candyman_discuss_Black_horror_in_film__Nightline_7Hm-XyAZ0JE.jpg" alt="Stars of ‘Candyman’ discuss Black horror in film | Nightline" /></figure>rn<!-- /wp:image -->[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Stars of ‘Candyman’ discuss Black horror in film | Nightline

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