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Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Candyman
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Say Candyman 5 times to access the final trailer for Jordan Peele’s reboot

The Nia DaCosta-directed film is set to hit cinemas later this week

The “spiritual sequel” to 1992’s Candyman is set to hit cinemas later this week, on August 27, and ahead of its release Universal has shared a final trailer. All you have to do in order to watch it is say Candyman’s name out loud five times.

Of course, the commonly-cited Candyman myth dictates that repeating the supernatural killer’s name in a mirror will summon him, which makes accessing the new trailer a slightly more fearsome ordeal. Previous trailers for the slasher film — which is written by Get Out’s Jordan Peele and directed by Nia DaCosta — have given a pretty good, and gory, idea of what happens to those that do come in contact with Candyman. 

Starring Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as artist Anthony McCoy, and Teyonah Parris as his girlfriend, gallery director Brianna Cartwright, Peele’s Candyman puts a 21st century spin on the urban horror, seeing the pair move into a luxury loft apartment in Chicago.

As it turns out, their new home is on the site of the old Cabrini Green housing project, a real development that was destroyed in 2011. According to a synopsis of the film, the housing project “was terrorised by a word-of-mouth ghost story about a supernatural killer with a hook for a hand, easily summoned by those daring to repeat his name five times into a mirror”.

McCoy becomes obsessed with the myth after a former Cabrini Green resident reveals the true story behind it, and it begins influencing his paintings (as well as his rapidly-decreasing sanity levels).

If you still dare to say Candyman’s name — and deal with the swarm of bees that appears on-screen — you can access the new preview at the appropriately-titled website Watch June’s terrifying full trailer below.