Yahya Abdul-Mateen II faces a history of racial violence in horror Candyman

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II in the film Candyman.
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II in the film Candyman. PHOTO: UIP

LOS ANGELES - Even if you are not a fan of classic horror, the Candyman films (1992 to 1999) have an unforgettable premise: A murderous, hook-handed bogeyman is summoned whenever anyone looks in a mirror and says his name, Candyman, five times.

And more than a decade after the last movie in the cult trilogy, Oscar-winning filmmaker Jordan Peele (Get Out, 2017) has co-written a fourth, Candyman, infusing it with the sharp racial commentary he is known for.

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