Jordan Peele's recreation of the classic Candyman is earning sweet earnings at the box office since the film's release on Thursday. Lead actor, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is catching up with our own Rachel Smith.
Universal, MGM, and Monkeypaw's reimagination of the classic horror movie Candyman posted a theatre earning of $1.9 million on Thursday. The picture has also solidified an 86% fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes.
The Jordan Peele produced sequel is a deep contemplation of racial injustice through the lens of horror, surpassing its bloody expectations while keeping consistent with the plot of the original film.
Peele and his Monkeypaw Productions partners signed on to produce a sequel to Candyman, which Peele co-wrote and filmmaker Nia DaCosta directed.
DaCosta, who in August 2020 became the youngest filmmaker to direct a Marvel movie with the upcoming Marvels, strived to take a different directing approach with her focus on the Chicago projects.
In a conversation with Celebrity Page's own Rachel Smith, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, who plays Anthony McCoy, claimed "it was important for us to really honor the original story and pick up where that story left off."
The original 1992 movie was followed up with the recasting of Tony Todd in his titular role, this time haunting the Cabrini-Green housing projects in Chicago.
As those who have seen the original film remember, the Candyman appears when his name is said five times through a mirror. As Yahya Abdul-Mateen II tells Smith, "We would play it as kids and I can't remember ever getting to five, but we would say it probably four times before we came to our better senses."
In addition to Candyman, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II remembers another certain horror film that gave him nightmates as a kid. "It was Child's Play, " the star told Smith. "I remember Chuggie because I had a little "my-buddy" doll, and the resemblance was just too close."
Jordan Peele's recent projects, which include the smash hits Get Out and Us, have suggested horror as a canal into the Black experience. His new film Candyman does the same, as he explores the dynamic crashing into the 21st century.
Candyman is now playing in theatres.