How the horrors of public housing inspired the film “Candyman”

Mayor Jane Bryne at Cabrini Green
Mayor Jane Byrne and her husband, Jay McMullen, share breakfast at the Cabrini-Green housing project, Chicago, Illinois. They moved in to quell a gang riot in 1981. Kevin Horan / Chicago Sun-Times collection, Chicago History Museum
Mayor Jane Bryne at Cabrini Green
Mayor Jane Byrne and her husband, Jay McMullen, share breakfast at the Cabrini-Green housing project, Chicago, Illinois. They moved in to quell a gang riot in 1981. Kevin Horan / Chicago Sun-Times collection, Chicago History Museum

How the horrors of public housing inspired the film “Candyman”

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The 1992 horror classic Candyman was reintroduced to audiences in 2021 in a remake co-written by Nia DaCosta and Jordan Peele. At the center of the film is the Cabrini Green housing development, which once loomed over Chicago’s Near North Side. Shermann Dilla Thomas examines the notorious housing project and the real-life crimes that inspired the film.