The short itself is haunting, both because of the way that its final moments bring you right back to square one with its presentation of the Candyman as a hook-handed specter with no qualms about murdering anyone who can’t keep his name out of their mouths, and because it presents the spirit as the embodiment of a much larger, more chilling generational trauma that manifests itself as an unstoppable rage.

Candyman hits theaters September 25.


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