In 2020 coronavirus hit the shores of the world unexpectedly!
Almost every activity came to a halt, with people spending countless days confined to their homes. In the movie industry, the virus’ effect was harshly felt.
Tons of movies expected to be released were all pushed back since cinemas were not open to make maximum profit.
One of them was Universal Pictures and MGM’s, “Candyman” which had its release date slated for June 2020. It turns out it was pushed back three times in the face of the pandemic, and only got to the cinemas in August this year.
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This was quite a wait for the movie, but director Nia DaCosta revealed that she’s elated the horror film didn’t come out as initially scheduled.
Keep reading below for more information.
BLM Protest May Have Changed The Movie’s Perception
During an interview with The Guardian DaCosta discussed the horror film. Many of the chats revolved around her creative process, as well as the difficult moments she endured during the project. Ultimately, she expressed her delight at working with Jordan Peele and Win Rosenfeld, who are both writers for the movie.
Of note, was her concern about the wrong perception the movie might have gotten if it was released during the protest.
One of the scenes showed Brianna, Anthony’s girlfriend, stabbing William Burke, Laundry Mart owner in a bid to save Anthony, the protagonist.
White police officers then showed up, mistakenly shot Anthony thinking he was dangerous, arrested Brianna, and gave her an ultimatum that forced her to decide between gaining her freedom by snitching on Anthony or making her culpable for Candyman’s murders.
DaCosta felt that the scene might have triggered emotions that would shift the spotlight from the purpose of the movie.
“I would have hated getting the question, ‘Isn’t it so timely right now, with all these deaths going on?,’ DaCosta said. “That’s not why we made it.”
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The movie’s director who participated in the BLM protest, noted that this wasn’t a one off. She continued saying; “But I think it will happen again – a summer like last summer. I think that the story we’re telling was about that— the fact that it’s cyclical. It could come out next year, it could come out any time and still be relevant.”
Stellar Reboot To 1992 Classic
The film stars Anthony McCoy (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II,) who’s a young visual artist. He was the baby stolen and rescued in the 1992 film.
He then grew to learn about the story of the Candyman and the history of Cabrini Green. Moreover, Anthony became inspired to create an art series around the myth. Later, the artist was consumed with his subject, causing him to question himself.
The ending gave the ghosts of all those who’ve died at the hands of racists a chance to reclaim their trauma, and not let such traumas define their being as suggested by Anthony.
“It gives us an opportunity to say that our trauma does not define us and that no one else can claim and (co-opt) our trauma. What if the trauma is ours, then it’s also ours to decide what to do with it and our trauma can become power,” Abdul-Mateen said.
The movie received positive reviews with great responses to its social message. Despite the original coming out in 1992, the narrative’s
commentary remains relevant today.
Discussions On Candyman
Several conversations have sprouted around more than just the film itself. Behind the blood, splatter reveals strong social commentary that highlights injustice, racism, and hatred.
DaCosta asserted that she was not going to draw any parallel between the movie and recent events.
However, that hasn’t stopped comparisons online. These discussions would have likely been more intense if the movie was released at the height of the BLM protest.
Clearly, the varying levels of gore throughout the movie and the variety of methods used to depict violence might be overwhelming, but looking at the movie with a curious eye would reveal that Candyman is not only about violence, but an investigation into who is being blamed and why.
What’s Next For DaCosta?
With Candyman in the wraps and already being shown at the cinema, DaCosta has moved on to join The Marvel Cinematic Universe as a director for a superhero epic.
She revealed her excitement for the opportunity to make a movie without racial connotations.
“I genuinely can just make a movie that doesn’t have to traffic in Black pain. And I feel like a lot of black filmmakers are asked to or expected to do that.” DaCosta said.
Lovers of horror would have to wait a while to see her direct another horror movie. Hopefully, this won’t take too long as Candyman has proved it was worth the wait.
Candyman premiered in theaters on August 27.