Candyman director Nia DaCosta originally thought it was a real-life story

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Whether you've seen Candyman or not, you'll know the basics like saying his name five times in a mirror (don't do it, basically).

For Nia DaCosta, who has directed and co-written the new movie in the series, she has revealed to Digital Spy that she originally thought that it was all based on a real-life story and not a movie at all.

"My first real connection to it was thinking it was a real urban legend that wasn't from the movie or a book. Because in my neighbourhood in Harlem where I grew up, we would try and scare each other with it. It was like Bloody Mary and Candyman," DaCosta recalled.

"Eventually I saw the movie when I was in elementary school, I think, but then as I got older, I realised it was actually a really cool, interesting, weird film and that made me love it even more. I've always been a fan of the movie."

Photo credit: Universal
Photo credit: Universal

The new movie, starring Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Teyonah Parris, is a direct sequel to the 1992 horror classic as Abdul-Mateen II's artist starts to investigate the urban legend of Candyman.

DaCosta noted that the decision for Candyman to continue the story, rather than act as a remake, was made before she signed on to the project. However, she would have taken it in the same direction as well.

"I think that was the only choice because the point of Candyman, especially what we wanted to do, is that it's a cyclical thing that continues on. It doesn't just exist in the past and one space and time," she explained.

"It was hugely important to me, so that's why I'm glad it's what they wanted to do. I'm hoping people take away a different perspective and some things to chew on after the movie."

Photo credit: Universal
Photo credit: Universal

The approach means Candyman works whether you're a hardcore fan of the series or a relative newcomer. Now that DaCosta has revived one classic series, she's stepping into another established universe as she tackles The Marvels, aka Captain Marvel 2.

It might not seem like a horror sequel could prepare you for an MCU epic, but DaCosta has carried an important lesson onto the next movie.

"Every movie you just learn how to have a better experience next time, and so that's a lesson I take from everything I do because it's really important to me that making movies is a good experience because you spend so much time on them," she concluded.

We also spoke to Abdul-Mateen II about his "apprehension" about taking on a horror movie and his own connection to Candyman.

Candyman is out in cinemas on August 27.

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