New ‘Candyman’ teaser offers fresh insight into a dark origin story

“Candyman ain’t a he. Candyman’s the whole damn hive. A story like that — pain like that — lasts forever.”

These are the words spoken by Colman Domingo’s character in the teaser for the Jordan Peele-penned Candyman, which sheds more light on the figure’s origin story following the full-length trailer we had back in February.

Earlier in the month, director Nia DaCosta also tweeted another clip from the film, which uses shadow puppets to tell a story she describes as “at the intersection of white violence and black pain” — a story about “unwilling martyrs.”

Domingo’s voiceover in the new teaser drills this point home.

“Candyman is how we deal with the fact that these things happen,” he says, over footage of a puppet police officer firing a gun. “That they’re still happening.”

Candyman comes to theatres September 25.

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