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01 Jul 2020

How Candyman 2020 Can Bring Back Helen Lyle!

The 2020 Candyman “spiritual sequel” will reportedly include original movie protagonist Helen Lyle, and here’s what we think she might be up to.

The 2020 Candyman “spiritual sequel” will reportedly include original movie protagonist Helen Lyle, and here’s what we think she might be up to. As with most slasher franchises, the Candyman series’ only consistent element is the presence of its titular killer in each installment. With slashers, as long as the monster people love to be scared by is included, the people that monster targets tend to basically be interchangeable, outside of the occasional recurring protagonist like A Nightmare on Elm Street’s Nancy Thompson or Friday the 13th’s Tommy Jarvis.

Outside of some very minor characters that show up in more than one film, the cast supporting Tony Todd in Candyman’s two sequels were entirely different both times. However, that isn’t the case for Universal’s upcoming Jordan Peele-produced, Nia DaCosta-directed follow-up to the original Candyman movie. Several characters who appeared in the first film are set to return, including the new focal character Anthony McCoy (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II), who previously appeared as a baby Candyman kidnapped.

After Anthony was abducted, he was ultimately saved by Helen Lyle (Virginia Madsen), the object of Candyman’s desire. Rescuing Anthony cost Helen her life, but she lived on as a ghost, returning for revenge against her unfaithful husband. It’s unknown exactly how Helen fits into Candyman 2020’s story, but we have an idea.

How Candyman 2020 Can Bring Back Helen Lyle

With what happened to Helen Lyle at the end of Candyman, it might seems like she’s being set up as an antagonist herself. However, the person she killed, Trevor, kind of deserved it after cheating on her and basically not giving a damn when Candyman turned her life upside down. Helen wouldn’t really have motivation for further vengeance, and died saving Anthony. She’s a good person. In fact, it’s likely her involvement in the new Candyman movie could again center on Anthony.

While much about the new film’s plot is still unclear, it does appear from the trailer that Candyman might be trying to possess Anthony, or at least that Candyman is setting Anthony up to follow in his murderous footsteps. If that’s the case, it would make perfect sense for Helen to once again make it her duty to protect Anthony, standing in the way of Candyman’s attempts to corrupt him. Anthony’s mother Anne-Marie is still in the picture in the present too, and Helen made it a point to save Anthony after Candyman made it look like she might’ve killed the child. Helen won’t want to let what almost happened decades ago come to pass this time either, and will likely seek to defend the McCoy family as a whole. Helen may be the only person suited for this task too, as Candyman’s affection for her – after all, she’s implied to be the reincarnation of his great lost love – may give him pause long enough for his supernatural grip to be loosened.

30 Jun 2020

Virginia Madsen joins ”The Devil’s Light”

Jacqueline Byers is set to play the lead role in the upcoming thriller movie, “The Devil’s Light”.The project, which hails from Lionsgate and Gold Circle, will be directed by Daniel Stamm of “The Last Exorcism” fame.

Oscar nominee Virginia Madsen and “13 Reasons Why” star Christian Navarro will also feature in the movie alongside Ben Cross, Colin Salmon, and Nicholas Ralph. Robert Zappia has penned the script from a story he co-wrote with Earl Richey Jones, and Todd Jones.

The film follows Sister Ann, who devoutly believes performing exorcisms is her calling and studies at a school to master the ritual, confronts a demonic force that infests her school and has mysterious ties to her past.

The screenplay for the project is written by Robert Zappia, Earl Richey Jones and Todd Jones. Earl Richey Jones and Todd Jones will also serve as producers on the project alongside Paul Brooks and Jessica Malanaphy, with Brad Kessell, Jeff Levine and Mick Flannigan serving as executive producers. Meredith Wieck, Eda Kowan and Scott O’Brien will oversee the production on behalf of Lionsgate.

14 May 2020

“Swamp Thing” is coming to The CW!

For those of you who never got a chance to watch producer James Wan’s Swamp Thing series on DC Universe, you’ll be happy to hear that it’s coming to The CW. This series actually got a great first season! It’s a shame that they canceled it before Season 1 even aired.

News of Swamp Thing’s cancelation came before the first season finished airing. However, Swamp Thing had gained such popularity that a movement began on social media, calling for the series to return by using the hashtag, #SaveSwampThing. Swamp Thing currently has a rating of 94% on the review aggregate Rotten Tomatoes.

The show follows Dr. Abby Arcane (Crystal Reed) “as she investigates what seems to be a deadly swamp-born virus in a small town in Louisiana. However, when a mysterious creature emerges from the murky marsh, she finds herself facing the nightmares of a supernatural world where no one is safe.” The series also stars Virginia Madsen, Andy Bean, Henderson Wade, Derek Mears, Maria Sten and Jeryl Prescott.

Swamp Thing was a buzzy pickup for Warner Bros. TV-backed streamer DC Universe. The series, executive produced by James Wan, was the third scripted original picked up for the comic book-focused subscription video platform. Based on the Alan Moore comics, trouble began with the series in April 2019, when the show’s initial 13-episode order was reduced to 10 as the future of DC Universe amid parent company WarnerMedia’s plan for a broad-skewing streamer (HBO Max) emerged.

The CW will be airing the first season of Swamp Thing. It should be noted that a second season has not been officially announced.