Someone please take away Jordan Peele’s record collection. Seriously. After terrorizing both hip-hop and horror fans with a creepy remix of Luniz’s “I Got 5 On It” in the trailer for Us — and eventually in the movie itself, thanks to the outsized social media reaction — now he’s coming for fans of turn-of-the-millennium R&B. In the new trailer for Peele’s Candyman revival, the familiar refrain from Destiny’s Child’s “Say My Name” can be heard in the background, just under the sound of all the screams and squishy, hook-handed murders. Instead of warm nostalgia, the eerie strains evoke cold dread, as if calling the viewer, challenging us to do the one thing we all know we shouldn’t: Say his name.
idk how this nigga made me scared of say my name by destiny’s child but here we are https://t.co/r0rbAyIC9N
— Demetrius (@DemetriusHarmon) February 27, 2020
That’s how he gets you. In the 1992 original Candyman, the titular phantasmic serial killer was the son of slave and a well-known artist who was lynched in 1890 for falling in love with a white woman. Candyman haunted the Cabrini-Green housing projects of Chicago, violently killing anyone who said his name five times while looking into a mirror, becoming an urban legend in the process. In the new “spiritual sequel,” Watchmen‘s Yahya Abdul-Mateen II portrays an artist who moves to the location of the former Cabrini-Green projects (long since torn down in real life and in the film) and inadvertently revives both the legend and the ghostly killer.
— TASK the New Comic Book Daywalker 🧛🏿♂️ (@UpToTASK) February 27, 2020
“Say my name” soundtrack and Jordan Peele. Say no more. PURCHASED. https://t.co/5CZWmcwxHG
— Aymir From BANKsar🃏 (@AmirzingDied) February 27, 2020
the way jordan peele is able to change songs like "say my name" and "i got 5 on it" into horror themes yup genius pic.twitter.com/S7Kwq6wYwS
— lauren 🖤 (@RenMarieG) February 27, 2020
JORDAN HAWORTH PEELE!!
I KNOW YOU DID NOT JUST USE SAY MY NAME IN A HORROR SONG ABOUT CANDYMAN 😳😳😳😳😳😳 https://t.co/cQaJpx2w54
— OnlyFans: Oxtail69 (@ThatDudeMCFLY) February 27, 2020
Say My Name is trending and my little 90's pop kid heart is busting out singing some classic Destiny's Child only to find out it's a scary movie.
That's basically adulthood. pic.twitter.com/dO6BS4uq2B
— Lady Cristalia 🔜 C2E2 (@Lady_Cristalia) February 27, 2020
my scary ass won’t be seeing candyman but i absolutely need that chopped version of “say my name” good lord
— Lauren Chanel Allen (@MichelleHux) February 27, 2020
sooo now i can’t listen to “I got 5 On It” or “Say My Name” without being scared 😭😭. What are doing to us, JORDAN? https://t.co/jT4yruFQnR
— hailey💕♒️ (@itshaileyd) February 27, 2020
Watch the spine-tingling Candyman trailer above and for God’s sake, please, do not do what the song says.