Have you ever found yourself rewatching a beloved classic horror film and thinking, “God, I hope no one ever touches this film - it is perfect as it is!”
Well, that’s too bad because nothing is sacred anymore.
2021 looms ever closer and with it a whole host of horrors morphing and changing form to reveal their new monstrous faces.
If I drop my very on-brand pessimism for a second, I can actually admit that some of these remakes may hold potential for greatness. We’ve got new things coming from huge names in horror, from James Wan to Jordan Peele, and I would be lying if I said I wasn’t at least a bit excited about what they have in store for us.
Some unexpected titles are due to make their reappearances, as well as a few horror classics receiving long overdue makeovers.
With some huge names in Hollywood right now attaching their names to these upcoming reboots, they’re guaranteed their fair share of attention once they make it to cinemas.
So, let’s jump into it and take a look at 10 Horror Remakes Coming in 2021.
This reboot slash ‘spiritual sequel’ comes a short twenty eight years after the original.
The concept of the Candyman is taken from Clive Barker’s short story: The Forbidden. In the story, a university student (Helen) is doing her thesis on graffiti, and she chooses a run-down looking estate for the focus of her study. She finds street art revolving around the urban legend of the Candyman, and begins to suspect that it is linked to a string of recent murders.
Interestingly, the original short never mentions the backstory of the Candyman- instead, this was later added for the film adaptations. It’s now generally understood that the Candyman is the ghost of an African-American man who was brutally murdered for having a relationship with a white woman. Another addition in the films was the idea of summoning him by repeating his name in the mirror- much like the myth of Bloody Mary or ‘Hell Mary.’
It’s set in the same Chicago neighbourhood as the earlier films, but this time- instead of a uni student doing her thesis - our protagonist is an artist (Anthony) seeking new inspiration.
Well, he finds it!
As he digs deeper into the grisly details of the legend, the wrath of Candyman is unleashed and Anthony is forced to come face to face with what has always been his fate.
Directed by Nia DeCosta, who also co-produced with Jordan Peele and Win Rosenfeld, this reboot of the Candyman character is set to hit the big screen at an undetermined date in 2021.